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December 13, 2021

Commission Calls for a “Profound Autism” Category

A Vulnerable ASD Population is at Risk of Being Overlooked Due to Focus on More Able Individuals Britain’s weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, The Lancet, recently released a report which calls for a new autism diagnostic classification. The journal assembled 32 autism community stakeholders and named the group  “The Lancet Commission”.  In their report, the group […]

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December 06, 2021

Crimes Against People with Disabilities Are Increasing

Individuals with Disabilities are Four Times More Likely to be a Victim The Department of Justice recently released sobering new statistics for the disability community. According to a recent report from the department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 2017 and 2019, individuals with disabilities accounted for 26% of victims of nonfatal violent crime despite only […]

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December 06, 2021

Autism Impacts the Brain’s White Matter in Adolescents and Young Adults

Region Most Affected Facilitates Communication Between the Brain’s Two Hemispheres Researchers from Yale University are attempting to find neuroimaging biomarkers for autism, which could potentially help children with the disorder receive a diagnosis and treatment earlier. In order to reach this goal, the research team embarked on a study which used a special type of […]

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December 02, 2021

CDC Reports: 1 in 44 American Children Have Autism

California Surpasses New Jersey for Highest Rates, with 6.4% of the State’s Boys Holding a Diagnosis The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its latest prevalence estimates for autism. The center reports that 1 in 44 or 2.27% of American 8-year-olds have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This rate is a 23% increase […]

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November 29, 2021

Catatonia Associated with Late Regression in Autism

Mean Onset Age of Late Regression is 13 years According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 25% of cases of autism are due to early regression. This phenomenon, often referred to as regressive autism, occurs when symptoms of autism materialize after a period of normal development, typically between 18-24 months of age. Most parents […]

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November 29, 2021

Sex Education for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Delays

People with Developmental Disabilities Lack Opportunities to Learn About Sexual Health The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality.  For most people, sexual health is integral to their overall health and well-being. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including autism, express […]

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