• Author explores life on the expanding autism spectrum

    Author explores life on the expanding autism spectrum

    Jan 20, 2016 12:46 AM EDT

    ... Meanwhile, the entire world was having a conversation about autism, but it was a completely different conversation. It was about whether or not vaccines caused autism. And that dominated virtually every mention of autism in the media. Certainly, if there was an article about autism that didn't mention vaccines ...

  • Clinton announces new autism initiative

    Clinton announces new autism initiative

    Jan 05, 2016 05:02 PM EDT

    ... the disorder. Clinton also plans to extend new resources and establish public-private partnerships that will ensure a post-graduation transition plan for students with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 1 in 68 children has autism, but other federal calculations have found it could ...

  • 'Sesame Street' debuts Julia, its first character with autism

    'Sesame Street' debuts Julia, its first character with autism

    Oct 22, 2015 04:40 PM EDT

    Joining Abby Cadabby and Elmo on "Sesame Street" is Julia, a green-eyed, orange-haired character with autism. The Sesame Workshop debuted its new character Wednesday as part of an initiative designed to reduce the stigma surrounding autism. "The initiative, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in all Children," provides ...

  • This search engine could help unlock autism’s secrets

    This search engine could help unlock autism’s secrets

    Oct 22, 2015 12:49 AM EDT

    ... autism. JACKIE JUDD: And, from that, diagnose and treat autism possibly from birth, as well as identify other health problems often associated with the disorder. Autism Speaks began the MSSNG project with the audacious goal of completing the DNA mapping of 10,000 people affected by autism and then making ...

  • Autism, puberty and one family’s struggle to raise their teenage sons

    Autism, puberty and one family’s struggle to raise their teenage sons

    Sep 29, 2015 09:59 PM EDT

    Puberty is causing chaos in Alexander’s once-predictable world.

  • How a sniff of a flower could help diagnose autism in kids

    How a sniff of a flower could help diagnose autism in kids

    Jul 03, 2015 08:39 PM EDT

    ... non-verbal test to diagnose autism, such as this computer program, could help to plan early interventions. This new computer program is good at spotting autism in children around seven years old, but questions remain over where it could detect autism earlier than four years old - the average age of ...

  • Genius and autism may share genetic link, study finds

    Genius and autism may share genetic link, study finds

    May 02, 2015 04:15 PM EDT

    ... very excited,” lead researcher Joanne Ruthsatz of Ohio State University told PBS NewsHour about the discovery. “It was like, here it is, here’s the autism and the prodigies together and they have a significant peak on chromosome 1, where they are significantly different than their non-affected family members ...

  • Is the 'Twizzler Challenge' for autism the web's new viral fundraiser?

    Is the 'Twizzler Challenge' for autism the web's new viral fundraiser?

    Mar 22, 2015 04:10 PM EDT

    ... Those who partake in the challenge or donate benefit New York Collaborates for Autism, which funds and creates schools, programs and services for people with autism nationwide. You can trace the origin of this challenge to Comedy Central’s "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs ...

  • How a student with autism taught me to kayak

    How a student with autism taught me to kayak

    Oct 27, 2014 09:59 PM EDT

    ... several of his classmates from American Senior High School in Miami who volunteered to teach me how to kayak. All of them are students with autism. “It’s, like, peace and quiet,” said Daniel. “It makes you feel the wind inside, in your heart here,” he explains with his hand ...

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    Adults with autism locked out of health coverage due to age limits

    Sep 19, 2014 10:04 PM EDT

    ... autism treatment for kids—until they’re 21. After I wrote about the new Medicaid coverage requirements, the mother of a 23-year-old with autism wrote in asking about coverage options for her son. Unfortunately, once someone with autism turns 21, “they fall off a cliff,” says Lorri Unumb ...