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IACC Statement Regarding Scientific, Practice and Policy Implications of Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder

(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

Disorganized Cortical Patches Suggest Prenatal Origin of Autism

(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

CDC Estimates 1 in 68 Children Has Been Identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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

Kids' Autism Care Runs $11.5 Billion Annually, Study Finds

(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

Which Autism Interventions Work Best?

(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

Autism Numbers May Decline Under New DSM

(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

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Council special projects

Texas Autism Research and Resource Center

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.

Texas Strategic Plan for Autism Services

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.

Study on the Costs and Benefits of Initiating a Pilot Project to Provide Services to Adults with ASD and Related Disabilities

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.

 

E-mail updates

If you would like to receive occasional e-mail updates from the Texas Council on Autism that may not appear on this website, e-mail Mike Bright.

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Contact

You are welcome to directly contact any Council member, including those appointed by the governor, state agency representatives, and regional representatives to the Council.  For contact information, click here

For information pertaining to this website, meetings or general questions, please contact Mike Bright.