• Children of color with autism face disparities of care and isolation

    Children of color with autism face disparities of care and isolation

    Feb 08, 2017 12:49 AM EDT

    ... JUDY WOODRUFF: Now, the story of an African-American family that knows autism firsthand and the particular challenges facing communities of color. Autism rates among African-Americans are the same as rates among whites, but African-American children are often diagnosed with autism at an older age, missing potential ...

  • Twitter Chat: What are the challenges of living with autism as an adult?

    Twitter Chat: What are the challenges of living with autism as an adult?

    Aug 11, 2016 05:29 PM EDT

    ... with autism spectrum disorder. Donvan and Zucker co-authored a book on the broad history of autism titled “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism.” During their research, they found a program in Phoenix that expands options for adults living with autism. Most often, the narrative on autism focuses ...

  • How Phoenix became the most autism-friendly city in the world

    How Phoenix became the most autism-friendly city in the world

    Aug 11, 2016 12:06 AM EDT

    Matt Resnik has helped changed the face of autism in his hometown. When he was diagnosed as a child, his parents poured their hearts into getting him therapy, even launching an organization, in hopes he would outgrow his challenges and find his place as an independent adult in the world. Instead, they’ve helped shape the...

  • Giving adults with autism the skills to build independent lives

    Giving adults with autism the skills to build independent lives

    Aug 09, 2016 11:23 PM EDT

    about the man on the lower right. He was once that singing boy, and, in fact, he doesn't live with the other men. He can't, because his autism affects him differently from the others. But there is a place being built in Phoenix that will also have room ...

  • Texas denies medicaid coverage for an autism therapy despite federal directive

    Texas denies medicaid coverage for an autism therapy despite federal directive

    Jul 07, 2016 07:51 PM EDT

    Like many parents of children with autism, Braulio De La Cruz sought an expensive therapy called applied behavioral analysis — or ABA — when his son Noah Leonardo was diagnosed last year. Noah, now 3 years old, qualifies for Medicaid coverage because he had been approved for Social Security’s Supplemental Security ...

  • Students with disabilities on the rise, driven by autism

    Students with disabilities on the rise, driven by autism

    Apr 27, 2016 05:16 PM EDT

    The number of students covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has gone up, driven by rapid growth in such disability categories as autism.

  • Should all young children be screened for autism? Task force is inconclusive

    Should all young children be screened for autism? Task force is inconclusive

    Feb 16, 2016 10:14 PM EDT

    ... child’s health, he said. But others dispute this point. “The scientific community has been unequivocal of their support for universal screening for toddlers for autism, regardless of risk status,” said Alycia Halladay, chief science officer at the Autism Science Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit that promotes autism research ...

  • New mutant monkeys model the inheritance of autism

    New mutant monkeys model the inheritance of autism

    Jan 25, 2016 04:00 PM EDT

    ... The team’s results only apply to one variety of autism, but such mutant monkeys could fill a major gap in the quest to understand autism spectrum disorders. Moreover, these GMO primates could serve as an unprecedented arena for testing new therapeutics. One current barrier to cracking autism is a ...

  • Telling the story of parents and activists who fought for autism acceptance

    Telling the story of parents and activists who fought for autism acceptance

    Jan 21, 2016 12:46 AM EDT

    ppened is a community formed around him. JOHN DONVAN: Both the problem was there and the solution was there. JEFFREY BROWN: All right. That's one of the many stories told in the book. And the book is "In a Different Key: The Story of Autism." Caren Zucker, John Donvan ...

  • Was this autism pioneer also a Nazi?

    Was this autism pioneer also a Nazi?

    Jan 20, 2016 09:13 PM EDT

    Viennese psychologist Hans Asperger is considered by many to be one of the first to diagnose and define autism as we know it today. Asperger ran a clinic for autistic children in Vienna in the 1930’s until Hitler’s invasion of Austria. The clinic was lauded for its creative ...