Deaths from stun guns. India outlaws "instant" divorce. Killing of teenage boy by police sparks protests in Philippines. Here are 5 important stories you might have missed in last week's news.
By Erica R. Hendry, Jenny Marder, Larisa Epatko and Teresa Carey
Sesame Street is debuting Julia, the first muppet with autism. And the new “Power Rangers” movie includes Billy, the blue ranger, also on the autism spectrum. Both depictions are garnering praise from autism advocates who have long criticized Hollywood’s portrayals…
By Gretchen Frazee
President Donald Trump has weighed in on child autism, apparently without a complete grasp of the research.
By Lauran Neergaard and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press
African-American children are often diagnosed with autism at older ages than white children, missing years of potential intervention and treatment. Special correspondent John Donvan and producer Karen Zucker meet a black family who struggled to find community and resources for…
By PBS NewsHour
By Sam Hananel, Associated Press
Most of the justices indicated during arguments that school districts must offer more than the bare minimum of services to children with special needs. But they struggled over how to clarify the law without inviting even more litigation between frustrated…
Most often, the narrative on autism focuses on young children, but as PBS NewsHour reported this week, children living with the disorder grow up to become adults. Join NewsHour for a Twitter chat at 12 p.m. EDT Friday to discuss…
By Kate Harrington, Kaiser Health News
Parents, who say their children with autism are legally entitled to behavioral analysis, are butting heads with Texas officials.
A medical procedure used to diagnose damage from brain injuries may also help some autistic patients make connections and understand emotions they’ve never experienced. Author John Robison underwent that experimental therapy, detailed in a new memoir, “Switched On.” Hari Sreenivasan…
By Christina A. Samuels, Education Week
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.
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