(sciencedaily.com) July 3, 2014
In a collaboration involving 13 institutions around the world, researchers have broken new ground in understanding what causes autism. The results are being published in Cell magazine July 3, 2014: "Disruptive CHD8 Mutations Define a Subtype of Autism in Early Development." | Read more
(HealthCanal.com) May 27, 2014
Recent advances in genome sequencing technology have facilitated rapid identification of genetic alterations in genes associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The universal challenge in the field of genetics has been to determine whether these mutations will result in autism. | Read more
(Disability Scoop) May 14, 2014
Though less likely to smoke or drink, a new study finds that adults with autism are at higher risk for a slew of health problems ranging from diabetes and obesity to heart failure. | Read more
(Disability Scoop) Apr. 4, 2014
The nonprofit behind Big Bird, Elmo and Abby Cadabby is launching a new effort to reduce stigma surrounding kids with autism and help those with the developmental disorder learn life skills. Through a new initiative dubbed “See Amazing in All Children,” Sesame Workshop said it will create digital tools to help children with autism learn to play with others and complete everyday activities like brushing teeth, getting dressed and trying new foods. | Read more
(The Litaker Group) Apr. 24, 2014
The Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) System Redesign Advisory Committee, created by Senate Bill 7 of the 83rd Texas Legislature (Regular Session 2013), will advise the Texas Health and Human Services commission (HHSC) and the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) on the implementation of the acute care services and long-term services and supports (LTSS) system redesign for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. | Read more
(Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee) Apr. 2, 2014
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is a Federal advisory committee, composed of Federal and public members, that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD). | Read more
(National Institutes of Health) Mar. 26, 2014
The architecture of the autistic brain is speckled with patches of abnormal neurons, according to research partially funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. | Read more
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 27, 2014 — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). | Read more
(Disability Scoop) Feb. 10, 2014
Substantial costs come along with an autism diagnosis, researchers say in a new study that attempts to put a price tag on the care needed by children with the developmental disorder.| Read more
(Disability Scoop) Jan. 21, 2014
A new federally-funded review of thousands of studies finds that there are more than two dozen autism interventions worthy of being called “evidence-based.”
Researchers combed through over 29,000 studies published in peer-reviewed journals between 1990 and 2011 that tested various behavioral, developmental or educational interventions for autism to identify the most meaningful approaches for those with the developmental disorder from birth through age 22.| Read more
(Disability Scoop) Jan. 23, 2014
After years of escalating growth, a new study looking at data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that autism rates could drop off thanks to new diagnostic criteria for the developmental disorder. | Read more
Required by House Bill 1574 (81st Legislature, Regular Session, 2009), the Texas Autism Research and Resource Center launched its website in February 2011. The Council contributes $50,000 a year to support the TARRC. For more information contact Mike Bright.
The Council continues to work with agencies to implement the 2010-2014 Texas State Plan for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDF format). For more information, contact Mike Bright.
Required by House Bill 1574 (81st Legislature, Regular Session, 2009), the Study on the Costs and Benefits of Initiating a Pilot Project to Provide Services to Adults with ASD and Related Disabilities (PDF format) was delivered to state leadership in September 2010. Production of the study was partially funded by the Council. For more information, contact Mike Bright.
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