Genetic Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder Linked to Evolutionary Benefit
From: news.yale.edu by Bill Hathaway
Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have been postively selected during human evolution because they also contribute to enhanced cognition, a new Yale study suggests.
Autism Jobs Program Wants to Cut Disabled Unemployment Record
From: https://nextcity.org by John Magdaleno
Adrienne Walls is in the middle of her third internship thanks to the Project Search Program, a job training initiative in Philadelphia for people on the autism spectrum that's being hosted by Drexel University.
UCD, UNC Researchers Might Have Found Autism Biomarker
From: www.davisenterprise.com by Special To The Enterprise
Researchers from the UC Davis Mind Institute, University of North Carolina and other institutions have found that altered distribution of cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF, in high-risk infants can predict whether they will develop autism spectrum disorders.
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OAR’s Kit for Kids Peer Education Resource
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) recently made two additions to its popular autism resources. The Kit for Kids set of student activity workbooks and an animated web video is designed to teach elementary and middle school students about their peers with autism. It is centered around an illustrated, booklet called, “What’s up with Nick?” and a three-minute web video that uses cartoon animation, sound, and color to capture children’s attention, yet still offers accurate autism information using language they can understand. It’s a great way to start a classroom dialogue about autism and accepting differences.
ASCEND member develops an app that turns an IEP into a 1-page profileThe 5 Min of Fun iProfile™ app is an easy to use, menu-driven app developed by a mom to turn an IEP into a 1-page profile to share with teachers, therapists and community supports; motivate kids to participate in their IEP meetings and to advocate for themselves; and coach parents/caregivers, both experienced and new, to the IEP process