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January 2012

This is a post by Dr. Scott Standifer, a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Disability Policy & Studies office (DPS) at the University of Missouri. He is the author of Adult Autism & Employment: A guide for vocational rehabilitation professionals, and the organizer of the Autism Works National Conference, March 6 & 7, 2012 in St.

Study finds early signs of autism in baby brains (FOX News) Children who develop autism already show signs of different brain responses in their first year of life, scientists said on Thursday in a study that may in the future help doctors diagnose the disorder earlier. Read more.

‘Talking things through in their head’ may aid children with autism (Fox News) Talking to yourself in your head may not be such a bizarre pastime.  It may actually be an important developmental tool. Read more.

On January 31, military families will get their chance to tell Congress about the special challenges they face raising children with autism.

Many military parents will be in the audience. But many more will be unable to make it to Washington for the briefing. Autism Speaks believes their voices need to be heard as well. We are making it possible for these military families to record a brief story about their experiences and upload it to our YouTube page.

We will share as many of these videos as possible with Congress, including airing portions of them during the meeting.

It makes sense to redefine autism (CNN) "Will my child still qualify for a diagnosis of autism?" This is the question on the minds of many parents with children who have autism. The short answer is: Most likely, yes. Read more.

This is a guest blog post from Marc Sirkin, Autism Speaks VP Social Marketing and Online Fundraising. He recently attended CES to support the launch of a strategic partnership with Careverge.com.

CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is big, really big. Crazy big. The annual show hosts some 140,000 attendees and features some of the most incredible technology, gadgets and ideas that shape how we interact with our world. The main purpose of my attending was to support a recent partnership between Autism Speaks and Audax Health's Careverge [link].

Autism: Finding a place to be "not even wrong" (Silver Spring, Md.) My family is struggling a little right now. Jack, my autistic son, is having a hard time readjusting to the routine of school after the unstructured chaos of the holiday season. The social divide between him and his peers is widening at the same time that his autism-specific deficits are butting up against the third grade curriculum. Read more.