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September 26, 2021

Autism Glossary: What Terms Are Acceptable in the ASD Community?

NBC’s Today Show recently entered into the fray of preferred autism-related terminology. In an earlier report,  the morning news show suggested that there is a war between parents of children with autism and autistic adults about how the condition should be viewed.

September 26, 2021

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Emergencies and disasters happen in unpredictable ways and in some instances, with no advanced warning. These unexpected situations are challenging for everyone, but can be especially difficult for individuals with special needs and their caregivers. Which is why disaster preparedness is critical for the disability community.

September 16, 2021

Community Shares | Sept 21st

A new study implicates altered hippocampal structure and function in autism spectrum disorder. Social interaction, spatial reasoning, and memory are supported by the hippocampus, which is also impaired in those with ASD. The critical window of development for the hippocampus is between 12 and 24 months, the same time symptoms of autism typically emerge.  Iron […]

September 16, 2021

Bumetanide Fails Phase 3 Trials

Bumetanide is a generically-available diuretic drug used to treat high blood pressure.  For years, the medication was thought to have potential for treating autism due to its effect on the GABA neurotransmitter pathway, which is speculated to be disrupted in autism.

September 16, 2021

Investigating Levels of Physical Activity in Adults with Autism and Intellectual Disability

Adults on the spectrum with co-occurring intellectual disability have an increased risk for developing obesity, hypertension and diabetes compared to neurotypical adults. Lack of physical activity has been linked to developing these adverse health conditions. Additionally, physical inactivity is recognized as a severe public health problem and the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.

September 16, 2021

Do Mainstream Classrooms Give Students with Autism PTSD?

Is it reasonable to push children with autism to conform their classroom behavior to neurotypical standards? And could this attempt cause more harm than good? A recent article in Psychology Today believes so.

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