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Why Healthcare Providers Need to Recognize and Respect Neurodiversity

Growing up as an undiagnosed autistic girl, I had many “behaviors” that baffled my parents and medical professionals. Seemingly unprovoked meltdowns, ritualistic, repetitive movements, and episodes of compulsive self-injury were explained away as a part of puberty, or diagnosed as…
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Autism and Homelessness: The Real Crisis

Contrary to much media spin, autism is neither a tragedy nor a looming public health crisis. Autistics have always been here and research over the last decade has shown that while diagnosis has increased over time, the actual percentage prevalence…
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Florida passes bill to protect people with autism when being interviewed by the police

Florida will soon become the first state to implement protections for people with autism spectrum disorders in police interrogations. Under the Wes Kleinert Fair Interview Act [PDF], signed by Governor Rick Scott on April 1, people with ASD will…
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Legislators urge universal autism screening

U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA), co-chairs of the Congressional Autism Caucus, wrote a letter to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on October 1, calling on the agency to reverse its recommendation on screening for autism…
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Lawsuit: 11-year-old boy with autism is a “public nuisance”

A recent ABC News segment is sparking new debates about how neighbors coexist with families of children with autism. From 2007 until September 2014, Vidyut Gopal and Parul Agrawa lived with their 11-year-old boy in Sunnyvale, California, a wealthy Silicon…
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Michigan rejects medical marijuana for children with autism

A state regulator blocked a petition August 27 that would have made Michigan the first state to specify that medical marijuana is legal for children with autism spectrum disorders. “While the record is replete with sincere and well-articulated testimony on…
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UN urges increased hiring of people on the autism spectrum

In commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day, on April 2, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on employers to hire more people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. “This year’s World Autism Awareness Day is a chance to celebrate the creative minds…

Teacher’s sneak preview: Possibilities increase each year for people with Down syndrome

This article will be published on DisAbility Rights Galaxy on October 22, 2014. This Teacher’s Sneak Preview is provided for lesson planning. We welcome content contributions to our history page. Put Galaxy History in the subject line and send to…
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New “Chloe’s Law” mandates explanation of prenatal Down syndrome diagnoses

A new Pennsylvania law, that goes into effect October 1, requires doctors to provide “informational publications” to patients upon the finding of Down syndrome during prenatal testing. The impetus for the law comes from advocates concerned about the abortion rate…