The U.S. Department of Labor announced that they are assembling a new advisory committee that will guide government officials on how to improve employment prospects for people with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD). They are currently soliciting nominations for individuals to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)announced that they are funding 12 research projects to identify the best practices and most effective treatments for autistic people at three key stages of life.
Researchers from the California Institute of Technology published a study Septermber 11 in online journal Cell that has exciting implications for understanding underlying neural circuit dysfunctions in autism. Specifically, the study focused on the part of the brain called the amygdala, which processes emotions.
One of the few things everyone can agree on with autism is that early intervention with behavioral therapy gives children the best chance at beating developmental delays. Now scientists are trying to determine just how early to intervene and to establish therapies that will work for infants.
Researchers are focused on finding ways to screen for symptoms of autism at earlier ages, enabling children to receive the early intervention treatments that they need.
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AutismSees is a startup that creates technology, specifically apps for mobile devices and tablets, to help those on the spectrum learn how to effectively give presentations.
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Laboratory services company, SynapDx, is developing a diagnostic blood test for autism. While research indicates that autism is caused by both environmental and genetic factors, research has also uncovered potential biomarkers of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
A few years ago, the Nao robot was introduced as a socially assistive humanoid robot who would help people of all ages, “to be less lonely, to do rehabilitative exercises, and to learn social behaviors.” The latest study provided useful insight into how any teacher, human or humanoid, can best approach instructing people on the autism spectrum.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatryfinally put to rest the notion that infants with large heads are at greater risk for developing autism.
Technology exists to make our lives easier. For autistic people and their families, technology offers a wealth of tools, support, and career opportunities that weren’t available even a decade ago.