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November 2014


Pope’s Influence Felt Globally After Autism Conference

“It matters. It just does. To be acknowledged, to be heard and seen, to have our hopes, dreams, fears, troubles and joys talked about. It all matters.” November 25, 2014 Pope Francis shined a light on autism last week when he met with families and health professionals at the first-ever Pontifical conference on autism, called “The Person with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Animating Hope. His

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Thanksgiving and Autism: Coping with Family Hubbub and Limitless Food

This teen with autism loves Thanksgiving, but needs help avoiding emotional meltdown and gorging that ends in extreme stomach upset “We have a big extended family full of good cooks. So Thanksgiving is a big deal. Unfortunately it often doesn’t end well for our 13-year-old who has autism. The combination of family hubbub and limitless food tends to be too much. Do you have

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New Tool Aims to Find Your Child’s Strengths, Interests

This is a post by Cuong Do and Lori Rickles, the creators of Identifor, a new site and app to help parents and individuals identify their own (or their child’s) strengths, abilities and interests using games! Below is a post by the husband and wife team of Cuong Do and Lori Rickles who created Identifor, a brand new website and app designed to help parents

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Vatican Holds First-Ever Conference on Autism

Autism Speaks Co-Founders will address “The Person with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Animating Hope” conference November 17, 2014 The Vatican’s first ever conference on autism, “The Person with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Animating Hope,” will be held this week. Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne have been invited to speak at the conference and will focus on volunteerism when they address attendees – including families –

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National Geographic Spotlights Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection

Autism Speaks at the forefront of funding related research, including the development of probiotics that may improve symptoms November 14, 2014 Online today in National Geographic, science writer Melissa Pandika shines a spotlight on research exploring how disruptions in the body’s normal digestive bacteria may worsen autism symptoms in some individuals with the disorder. “Research has revealed striking differences in the trillions of bacteria

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“Different, Not Less:” Rapper with Autism’s Music Video

Ryan Larmour is a young adult with autism who has funneled his emotions into rap music. November 12, 2014 This post was written by Raymond Larmour, the father of Ryan Larmour, a young Irish man who has autism. Ryan has chosen to funnel his complex emotions about autism into rap music, and has raised over $ 6500 through his music to benefit autism charities.

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ND To End Medicaid Waiver Services That ‘Isolate’ Individuals

Changes effect home- and community-based services November 07, 2014 North Dakota has proposed changing its Medicaid waiver program for Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in order to comply with a federal directive that prohibits services that “isolate” participants from the general community, and is inviting public reaction. The new rules will affect adult residential facilities, adult family foster care, residential habilitation, adult day care and health,

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Special Ed Teacher Seeks Advice: Child with Autism Bolts into Traffic

With few autism services in this rural community, teacher wants to help mom at wits end; advice from experts in the Autism Speaks ATN I’m a special education teacher in a rural community with few autism services. I’m trying to help a parent of a 3-year-old boy who has autism. She needs help teaching her son not to run blindly into the street with

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CNBC Breaks Down Google, Autism Speaks Collaboration

“Hopefully, we’re going to save 25 years of research in a matter of 18 to 24 months.” November 06, 2014 CNBC.com previewed a story on the collaboration between Autism Speaks and Google for the AUT10K program, now known as MSSNG. The ambitious program aims to sequence the whole genomes of more than 10,000 individuals with autism and their families. That large amount of data

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