Autism News Updates

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Making Sense of Death and Autism (The New York Times)
It’s been three years since Liane Kupferberg Carter lost her father. While time has dimmed the pain, it hasn’t really helped her explain things to her son, Mickey, who misses his grandfather. Read more.

Man faces prison for hurting girl, 8 (San Antonio, Texas)
A San Antonio man faces up to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty over the scalding of an 8-year-old girl with autism who had soiled herself. Read more.

Drug Shrinks Brain Tumors and Reduces Seizures in Children With Tuberous Sclerosis (Cincinnati, Ohio)
A drug used to treat advanced kidney cancer has now been shown to reduce a particular kind of brain tumor by at least 30 percent in patients with tuberous sclerosis—a genetic disease that causes tumors to grow on vital organs. Read more.

‘Autism Gene’ Disrupts Brain Wiring (MedPageToday)
Children carrying a gene variant associated with autism showed a unique neural circuitry pattern in a small study, which could help explain the symptoms of the condition, the authors said. Read more.

Disability awareness ‘champions’ are honored (NorthJersey.com)
On a bright autumn morning last Friday, friends and family filled the Bergen County Freeholders’ meeting room at the county offices in Hackensack to cheer the honorees at this year’s Salute to Champions Breakfast. Read more.

Con Ed Funds Autism Swim Lessons At Long Island City Y – Next Edition! (Long Island City, N.Y.)
The Long Island City YMCA, 32-23 Queens Blvd., and Con Edison are teaming up with QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community) to bring adults with autism an aquatics program that builds skills while enhancing self-confidence, motor skills, and well-being. Read more.

Autism girl Holly heads awareness event (UK)
Schoolgirl Holly Salmon overcame her nerves to help launch an event to improve awareness of autism in Wales yesterday. Holly, 11, from Caerphilly, is one of 25,000 people in Wales with autism, a condition that causes communication problems. Read More.

Holland Construction Paves the Way For New Pinnacle Academy Playground (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
Holland Construction is paving the way for a new playground for students at Pinnacle Academy in Lakewood Ranch, a private, non-denominational school for children with autism and related behavioral disorders. Read more.

South Eastern agrees to pay $350K to meet 3 students’ special needs (York, Penn.)
South Eastern School District approved spending about $350,000 to pay for the tuition of three extreme special needs students to attend specialty schools, including one who will attend a residential school in New Hampshire. Read more.


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