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Congress passes renewed Autism Act

Just in time for the August recess, the Senate unanimously passed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act (Autism CARES), the nation’s primary legislation for autism research. President Obama signed the bill into law August 8. The bill…
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Documentary explores boy’s autism through his twin sister’s eyes

According to Avery Medvin, her twin brother Xander is going to be a superhero when he grows up because he is good at “helping people.” This is just one aspect of Xander explained in the documentary the twins’ mother, Jenn…
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House passes reauthorized Autism Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed by a voice vote the newly-named Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act (Autism CARES) on June 25. Under the bill, Congress would provide $1.3 billion for autism-related research and other initiatives over…
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Nashville theater camp provides environment for kids with autism to shine

“I’m weird, and I’m wonderful,” is the new motto of the kids participating in Sense Theater Project, a summer camp in Nashville. The campers – and blossoming actors – are primarily children on the autism spectrum. The goal of the…
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Student with autism becomes school mascot and boosts confidence

A Michigan 7th grader has found a unique way of building a connection with his peers – dressing as the school mascot. Andrese Duke, who has autism, has struggled with self-confidence issues in the past. Yet taking on the duties…
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“Dramatic rise in number of college-bound kids with autism”

In the past decade, academic administrators have noticed an increase in the number of kids with autism going to college. In recent years, a larger number of children have been diagnosed with high-functioning autism, or Asperger’s syndrome. As a result, …
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Advocacy groups call for changes to federal autism initiative

A coalition of disability advocacy groups is pushing for major changes to the Combating Autism Act, which is up for reauthorization this year. The CAA, passed in 2006 and last reauthorized in 2011, has designated more than a billion…
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NIH requests comments on DSM changes to “Autism”

The National Institutes of Health has issued a request for public input from the “scientific community, health professionals, self-advocates and patient advocates” regarding recent changes to the diagnostic criteria for autism. Responses will be accepted until May 12. The latest…
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Autism panel raises concerns about recent DSM changes

A federal autism panel has raised concerns that recent changes to an influential psychiatric manual, which simplified the definition of autism, could result in a reduction in necessary services.In December 2012, the American Psychiatric Association voted to merge Autistic Disorder,…