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March 24, 2021

Community Shares | March 25th

Community Shares:  While prenatal maternal infection has received attention as a preventable and treatable risk factor for autism, findings have been inconsistent. A meta-analysis of 36 studies from researchers at Columbia University and The New York State Psychiatric Institute found the weight of the evidence supports such an association. The association varied little across the […]

March 24, 2021

Benefits and Pitfalls of Disclosing an Autism Diagnosis in the Workplace

New Study Examines Work Experiences of Employees on the Spectrum Does disclosing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis in the workplace open up individuals to better understanding from coworkers and management or does it end in discrimination?  A recent British study tackled this question when it examined employment experiences of adults with ASD. In order […]

March 24, 2021

UCSF, UC Berkeley and Genetech Partner Up to Develop Therapeutics for Brain Diseases

UCSF and UC Berkeley to Receive $53 Million in Funding Over the Next 10 Years A new long-term research collaboration between the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), UC Berkeley, and the biotech giant Genentech was announced last month in San Francisco. The partnership, named the Alliance for Therapies in Neuroscience (ATN), was funded by […]

March 24, 2021

Mitochondrial Energy Production Linked with Autism-Like Traits

Mice Study Shows Mutation in Mitochondrial DNA Exhibits Altered Brain Activity A new study has demonstrated that defects in the mitochondria of brain cells may be the root cause of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  This compelling work was produced by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and published online in the Proceedings of the […]

March 24, 2021

Miraculous Communication Breakthrough for a Non-Speaking Teen with Autism

Underestimated–A New Book by J.B. and Jamison Handley Looks at Facilitated Communication Last week, SafeMinds Shares detailed a fascinating study which determined that facilitated communication techniques produce authentic ideas and genuine thoughts generated by non-speaking individuals. This week, we are delighted to share an exciting new book which recounts the Handley family’s mind-boggling and joyous […]

March 22, 2021

Community Shares | March 23rd

Community Shares: Autism Parenting Magazine looks at eye contact and why it is so difficult for children on the spectrum. A McMaster University Evolutionary Biologist discusses why autism is more prevalent in males than females. The researcher attributes part of the reason due to a greater likelihood in boys to inherit characteristics which make them […]

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