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December 07, 2020

Government Report Details Special Education Struggles During Pandemic

Delivering Related Services to Students at Home Proved Extremely Difficult  The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report fulfilling their monitoring and oversight responsibilities under last March’s CARES Act. In this report, the GAO examined challenges and experience gained during last spring’s distance learning due to COVID-19. The research team studied two vulnerable […]

December 07, 2020

Families View Mask Order as Discriminatory Against Students in Special Education

Attorneys Feel San Diego Unified’s Policy May Violate Federal Disability Law Sensory defensiveness, a hallmark of autism, makes wearing a face mask a near impossibility for some individuals with the disorder. This is the case for a 5-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with both an intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Unfortunately his […]

November 30, 2020

British Survey Finds 128,000 Children at Risk for Delayed Autism Diagnosis Due to COVID

Suspected Cases May Be Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed as Crucial Services Remain Closed Autism Parenting Magazine recently conducted a data analysis which showed that an estimated 128,160 children with suspected autism are running the risk of not receiving a proper diagnosis due to the continuing COVID-19 lockdowns. The report generated from this troubling analysis points to […]

November 30, 2020

More Housing Options Desired for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Severe Housing Shortage Produces Creative Living Ideas Crosspoint Bridge is an upcoming 15-acre planned community on the outskirts of Indianapolis that will offer homes to adults with and without developmental disabilities. This unique and pioneering housing project will provide homes of various sizes and also include a community center which will host social clubs and […]

November 30, 2020

Mid-level Immune Markers Present at Birth Associated with Lower ASD Risk

However, Having Too Much or Too Little of Marker is Detrimental for Developing Brains  Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Solna, Sweden recently theorized that the developing human brain may be exceptionally vulnerable to disturbances in immune signaling and exposure to inflammation. In their new study, published In Biological Psychiatry, the Karolinska team reported that […]

November 30, 2020

Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Autism

New Book Edited by Stephen Edelson and Jane Johnson of ARI Autism Research Institute’s Executive Director, Stephen M. Edelson, and past board member, Jane Johnson, have recently edited an exciting new book which aims to help reduce anxiety levels in individuals with autism. Their book, Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Autism, summarizes current perspectives and […]

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