Archived News: In Research and Intervention
The New York Times Features a Young Adult’s Journey to Successful Employment
As more and more individuals with autism transition to adulthood, the questions of employment and independent living loom. In this NY Times article, one young man’s journey is described. From the fight for an inclusive educational setting to ways in which the family and team fostered his interest in drawing and animation, this story provides a great perspective on the challenges faced and potential for success for this population. Various therapies, volunteer work, internships, support, and strategies are discussed as well. Don’t miss this inspiring story!
U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act!
From the Autism Society of America:
The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) extends the life of the Combating Autism Act, set to expire September 30, which authorizes $693 million in funding for three additional fiscal years. This funding supports the work of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, research initiatives of the NIH and CDC, and the LEND program, which provides training for healthcare professionals to treat a variety of developmental disabilities.
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Researchers from the UC-Davis MIND Institute Find Two Distinct Subtypes of Brain Development in ASD
Researchers from the University of California Davis's MIND Institute in Sacramento have exciting news coming from the Autism Phenome Project, started in 2006. Various characteristics of 350 children between the ages of two and three and a half have been studied and two distinct subtypes of autism brain development have emerged. In one group of children, all boys, enlarged brains and regression after 18 months of age were the common characteristic. In the other group, children appear to have immune systems that are not functioning properly. Dr. Amarel, who leads the MND Institute's longitudinal study, suggested that the findings could lead to more individualized treatment and that many more strains may be found with further research.