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May 24, 2021

Stimulus Funds Finally Overcome Bureaucratic Obstacles

States Now Have Guidance on Spending for the Disability Community The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was signed into law over two months ago. This newest COVID relief package has been hailed by the autism community for providing long sought-after relief for a very overlooked population. Unfortunately, these funds remained in limbo for weeks as […]

May 17, 2021

Community Shares | May 18th

Researchers at the University of Virginia are investigating how autism manifests differently in boys and girls. They have found that autism-related behaviors in boys and girls are the result of different genetic variations and brain functions.  A new study shows that adults with autism are more likely to report a broad range of sexuality. In […]

May 17, 2021

Tailored Hospital Programs Improve Outcomes for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

New Study Shows Program Saves Money in Long Run Roughly 1.2 million American adults have an intellectual disability (ID). People with ID tend to have complex medical needs and face barriers to high-quality healthcare. Medical providers are often unfamiliar with issues that accompany ID. These issues can include sensory impairment, behavioral challenges, medications, or lifestyle […]

May 17, 2021

More Evidence Points Toward Link Between Gut Microbiota and Social Behavior

Gut Bacteria from Wild-Type Mice Fix Social Deficit of Cntnap2 Knockout Mice A preview of an upcoming study from scientists at the University of Geneva in Switzerland has shown that microorganism transfer into the microbiomes of rodents can influence their social behavior. This short report begins by explaining the hologenome theory, which suggests that a […]

May 17, 2021

LIfetime Autism Incidence in Japan Exceeds 2.75% for Children Born 2009 to 2016

New Research Compares Local Cohort Incidence to Nationwide Incidence Researchers in Japan, concerned with rising worldwide incidences of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), set out to calculate their nation’s cumulative incidence of the disorder. The team had collected recent local cohort studies that consistently reported an autism incidence of over 3%. However, the researchers were unsure […]

May 17, 2021

Psychedelic Drug MDMA Shows Remarkable Improvement for Those with Severe PTSD

Drug Could Prove Beneficial for Individuals Suffering with PTSD and ASD MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy or Molly, is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception. The drug is currently illegal but has recently taken an important step forward towards medical approval. A recent Phase 3 trial demonstrated that MDMA can deliver significant relief […]

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