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August 11, 2014

(August 11, 2014) – The Age, an independent newspaper from Australia, came out with an article yesterday on a debated topic in the autism community about whether a student with autism in a postsecondary program should disclose his or her autism diagnosis. The article features the story of Penny Robinson, a student with autism from Monash University in Australia who disclosed her diagnosis of Asperger syndrome to her teachers and peers.

August 07, 2014

(August 7, 2014) - New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio today signed "Avonte's Law," which requires the city's Department of Education and police to evaluate which school doors should be alarmed to help prevent wandering incidents by students. The law is named for Avonte Oquendo, the Queens teenager with autism who died after wandering from his school last October. The city council passed the bill 49-0 in a vote last month.

July 29, 2014

(July 29, 2014) - An article in the Washington Post this past week discussed the lack of services and opportunities currently available to adults with autism. The article quotes Autism Speaks Executive Vice President Lisa Goring. “There are not enough services. It’s a real problem for families.”

The Post covers issues faced by families of adults such as wandering, insurance coverage, transitioning, housing and more.

July 28, 2014

(July 28, 2014) - The Shafer Center, a school for children with autism ages 2-8, in Owings Mills, Md., opened a new playground designed specifically for children with autism. Such playgrounds are becoming more common around the country. 

Autism Speaks-funded researcher Paul Shattuck addresses the “services cliff” that families face when kids with autism reach adulthood
July 15, 2014

The following excerpt is from “Aging Out,” as published in Excel: The Research Magazine of Drexel University. Paul Shattuck’s continuing research on factors that promote successful outcomes for young adults with autism expands on an earlier pilot study funded by Autism Speaks