The Los Angeles Times today examines the incidence of ASD in the current adult population. Many hypothesize that the percentage of the adult population with ASD is much higher than we think, due to the previous rate of misdiagnosis.
The New York Times today exposed questionable billing practices on the part of providers serving people with developmental disabilities. The article is part of a NYT series, "Abused and Used," which focuses on the treatment of those with developmental disabilities in the state of New York.
Autism Speaks has updated its Autism Safety Project with new sections focusing on safety in the home and community. Resources are included for teens and adults with ASD, their families, and first reponders.
A study to be published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, indicates that the use of the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) may decrease the rate of repetitive behaviors in adults with autism. According to AJP in Advance, the publication's website previewing upcoming articles, "fluoxetine treatment, compared to placebo, resulted in significantly greater improvement in repetitive behaviors."
Bridging research and practice, a Canadian organization has announced plans to build a center that will house both researchers and young adults on the autism center learning independent living skills. The Spectrum of Hope Autism Foundation is currently raising funds for the project, to be called the Kae Martin Campus.
Adolescents with autism experience less social inclusion than other special education students, according to results of a new study led by researcher Paul Shattuck of Washington University in St. Louis. Examining data from a group of 11,000 students enrolled in special education, the study found that teens with ASD were significantly less likely to see friends out of school, to get called by friends, or to be invited to social activities when compared with adolescents from all the other groups. The full study can be found here.
"On the Spectrum," a play by screenwriter Ken LaZebnik, will premiere on November 17 at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis and will subsequently be streamed live via the Internet on November 22. The play tells the story of a relationship between two young adults with ASD, and is playing is part of the theater's "Center of the Margins" festival showcasing plays about disability.
A vocational training program for students with autism and other disabilities in New Jersey is preparing young adults for jobs working with animals. In the program, students have the opportunity to interact with therapy and shelter animals in a supervised setting.
In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medicinal Association (JAMA), lead investigator Eric Courchesne's team of researchers found an unusually high number of neurons in the prefrontal cortex of brain tissue from deceased children with autism. This area of the brain is crucial to communication and social/emotional functioning, and develops during the second trimester of pregnancy. In an interview with Rueters, Courchesne says that he believes that this points to a prenatal cause for autism. While the sample size of the study is very small, the magnitude of the difference in neuron count suggests a significant biological difference, and potential "wiring," between neurotypical and autistic children's brains.
A 20-year-old Nebraska man with autism was sentenced on Monday to serve 20 to 60 months in prison for entering a private home and stealing underwear. Jacob J. Fisher, whose parents have legal guardianship, received the sentence after a plea bargain. In a statement to the press, prosecuting attorney Scott Tingelhoff commented, “The pre-sentence investigation revealed that the defendant has a lot of issues which, if they go untreated, could put the public at risk. We asked for jail time in hopes that the defendant can get treatment while incarcerated.” Fisher's attorney filed an appeal on Tuesday.
I’ve come down with an early case of the “Bah Humbugs” this year.
Last Tuesday my sister Connie had to have a surgery.
Here's what really gets to us about the holiday season. It's not the way advertisers assault us, though that's troubling.
By the time you read this, I will have returned from a week’s vacation in Florida with my family.
Schedule-based living, however, can be a tricky proposition. On the one hand, a schedule orders the day, the expectations, and is comforting to Madison who has difficulty with transitions....
The search for a postsecondary program for a student like Cameron is not much fun. It’s actually pretty awful.
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