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  1. Housing Proves Challenging for Adults on the Sp...

    November 13, 2013- "Housing Proves Challenging for Adults on the Spectrum"- A new survey suggests that families are facing limited housing options as an increasing numbers of individuals with autism enter into adulthood. The vast majority of adults and transition-age individuals with autism are currently living at home and less than one-quarter said they are on waiting lists for housing services so that they could live more independently.

    • Nov 14 2013 10:10 AM
    • by brian
  2. New Regulatory Autism Gene Discovered

    July 3, 2013- "New Regulatory Autism Gene Discovered"-  A new research study has found that RORA, a novel candidate gene for autism, regulates a large number of other genes associated with the condition. The researchers found that RORA encodes a protein that can regulate the expression of more than 2,500 other genes. Of these genes, many are known to be involved in neuronal development and functions, and 426 of RORA’s gene targets are already listed in Autism KB, a database of known autism candidate genes.

    • Jul 03 2013 09:44 AM
    • by brian
  3. Losing Max: Preventing Autistic Children from W...

    June 20, 2013- "Losing Max: Preventing Autistic Children from Wandering"- This article details the story of Max Masucci, a child on the autism spectrum who has a tendency to wander from school grounds. According to the article, CDC states that wandering is a life-threatening condition  and Max’s parents were not contacted during previous incidents involving Max wandering from school. Max’s parents are currently working to find a way to get him placed in a specialized private school.

    • Jun 21 2013 10:55 AM
    • by brian
  4. Reduced 'Fine-Tuning of Brain May Hamper Fa...

    March 22, 2013- "Reduced 'Fine-Tuning of Brain May Hamper Face Recognition in Autism"- Researchers have found that neurons in the brain area known as the fusiform face area (FFA), which processes faces, are too broadly “tuned” to distinguish between facial features of different people. Researchers utilized functional MRIs to scan the brains of 15 adults with autism.  

    • Mar 25 2013 09:11 AM
    • by brian
  5. Walk Aids Autism Awareness

    March 3, 2013- "Walk Aids Autism Awareness"- Diane Burgbacher, a resident of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, plans to hike to Washington, D.C. as part of a mission to raise awareness for autism. She hopes to walk 20 miles a day and to talk with D.C. legislators on the 84th day of her endeavor.

    • Apr 17 2013 10:36 AM
    • by brian
  6. Congressional Hearing on Autism

    December 1, 2012- "Congressional Hearing on Autism" - A congressional hearing took place on November 29, 2012 to discuss the alarming rise of incidence of autism spectrum disorders in our country. Members of congress gathered expert testimony from two panels. The first panel consisted of Dr. Alan Guttmacher- National Institute of Health Child & Human Development Director and Dr. Coleen Boyle- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Birth Defects & Developmental Disabilities Director who provided expert testimony and answered the questions proposed by the Congressional committee to the best of their knowledge. Bob Wright- co-founder of Autism Speaks, Scott Badesch- President and Chief Operating Officer of Autism Society, Mark Blaxill- Government Affairs Committee Chairman of SafeMinds, Bradley McGarry- Asperger Initiative Coordinator at Mercyhurst University, Michael John Carley- executive director of Global & Regional Syndrome Partnership, and Ari Ne’eman- President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, encompassed the second panel of experts. Each of these experts gave 5-minute testimony that covered various topics regarding the increase of autism diagnosis across the nation.

    • Mar 26 2013 02:34 PM
    • by National Autism Network
  7. Genetic Link Provides Another Clue in Autism My...

    January 23, 2013- "Genetic Link Provides Another Clue in Autism Mystery"-  A George Washington University study focused on the impact of the deletion of a portion of chromosome 22 on early brain development and the development of behavioral disorders like autism. Researchers found that the missing potion of the chromosome ultimately prevent inhibitory interneurons from following their intended pathway, which is an important find considering inhibitory interneurons regulate activity in the brain. Researchers found that specific inhibitory interneurons “were not ending up in the correct spot.” The next step the researchers will take is to observe how this imbalance impacts behavior.

    • Apr 08 2013 10:42 AM
    • by brian
  8. The Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism:...

    December 5, 2012-  "The Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism: Two Autistics Spoke….Did Anyone Listen?"-  This article highlights the main speaking points of Michael John Carley and Ari-Ne’eman, two members of respected autism organizations who also have autism themselves. The two men spoke about changing the outlook individuals have regarding people with autism. They spoke about a need for research into quality of services for people with autism, research into how help individuals with autism communicate, and other priorities on which research funds may be better spent.

    • Mar 26 2013 03:17 PM
    • by brian
  9. Autism’s 1 in 88 Can’t Wait: Romney, Obama Camp...

    September 26, 2012- "Autism’s 1 in 88 Can’t Wait: Romney, Obama Campaigns Address Disabilities"- The article explains that on Friday, September 28th both President Obama and Mitt Romney will address the nation’s disability issues in an election forum between 12:30 and 3:30 P.M. The article includes a link to register to view the webcast.

    • Mar 15 2013 10:08 AM
    • by brian
  10. Tricare Expands Autism Therapy for Families

    November 28, 2012-"Tricare Expands Autism Therapy for Families"- The Justice Department has appealed a ruling by Judge Reggie Walton that stated that Tricare cover ABA as a medical benefit for beneficiaries. The article goes on to deliver more  news stating the DoD is conducting a thorough review of literature to determine if there is evidence to support ABA as a medical treatment.

    • Mar 26 2013 02:20 PM
    • by brian