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Autism in the News - 04.04.12

Ban highlights talents of autism community, reaffirms UN’s resolve to raise awareness (New York, N.Y.)
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the United Nations’ continued commitment to raising awareness on the challenges that people with autism face, while highlighting the many talents that are sometimes overlooked in people with the condition. Read more.

With autism rising, researchers step up hunt for a cause (USA Today)
For many families, the quest for the causes of autism has grown more urgent with the news that the estimated prevalence of the condition grew by 23% from 2006 to 2008, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said last week. Read more.

Prince George’s County schools’ autism programs expand to fill growing need (The Washington Post)
Learning that her son Robert was diagnosed with autism was overwhelming enough, but Theresa Dupree of District Heights knew in 2006 that he would need more help than Landover’s William Paca Elementary could offer at the time. Read more.

Autism researcher seeks students for therapy work (Colombia, S.C.)
A University of South Carolina psychology professor who studies autism is trying to raise awareness about the disorder. Read more.

How girls and boys differ when it comes to autism (CNN)
Autism (now better known as autism spectrum disorder or ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused, at least in part, by genetic factors. Read more.