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July 01, 2020

Autism Triggers Financial Hardship for Countless Families

New Report Shows Non-Whites Hit Hardest – Sobering new information released from Drexel University highlights the often-distressing fiscal burden a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can cause. The report, National Autism Indicators Report: Children on the Autism Spectrum and Family Financial Hardship recorded levels of family financial hardship among households of children with autism. Three aspects of family financial hardship were examined: household poverty, medical expenses and material hardship.

June 29, 2020

Racial Disparity Seen in ASD Prevalence Among Preschoolers in Swedish Immigrant Population

90% of Children Had a Mother Born in Africa or Asia – The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders recently published a new study out of Sweden which examines the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in preschool children among the country’s migrant population. Estimated ASD prevalence for this cohort was, at a minimum, 3.5 times more than the non-immigrant Swedish population.

June 23, 2020

How to Advocate for Special Education Students During COVID-19

An Interview with Special Education Attorney Tim Adams – The COVID-19 pandemic made the spring semester challenging for all families but especially for families with children with autism and other developmental disorders. Many school districts failed to implement a program comparable to what students were receiving prior to the COVID closures.

June 23, 2020

Heroes Act to Provide More COVID-19 Economic Relief for the Disability Community

Unlike March’s $2 trillion CARES Act, which now needs a legislative fix to include adult dependents with stimulus payments, the HEROES Act is the only major plan created by Congress to address the needs of people with disabilities during COVID-19.

June 12, 2020

Multiple Studies Show Autism Rates Surging Worldwide

Researchers Still Stumped – Three large epidemiological studies released this spring show a continuing trend, autism rates are increasing, not just in the United States, but across the globe. Regrettably, researchers and scientists still do not understand why.

June 11, 2020

Autoantibodies and Autism, Is There a Connection?

New Study Points to an Association, Although More Research Needed – An ideal immune system recognizes foreign organisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi) while efficiently and rapidly destroying these invaders. A second infection from the same foreign organism is prevented by a well-functioning immune system as it recalls the method to destroy the invader another time.

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