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September 05, 2013

On Tuesday, Kelli Stapleton of Benzie County, Michigan allegedly tried to kill herself and her 14-year-old daughter Issy. Police found and rescued Kelli and Issy, who has autism, from a van where both were already unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning. As of late Wednesday, both Kelli and Issy remained hospitalized in Grand Rapids. Kelli is expected to be charged with attempted murder.

September 03, 2013

Lauren Elder, assistant director of dissemination science for Autism Speaks appeared on New York WABC-TV's Tiempo on Sunday to discuss autism awareness in the Latino community.  A recent study suggests that language barriers in the doctor’s office and a lack of culturally appropriate awareness materials contribute to a lag in early diagnosis of autism among Latino families.

Study sheds light on possible environmental factors behind autism spectrum disorders
August 28, 2013

When a key group of enzymes called topoisomerases are impaired or inhibited, it can have a profound impact on the function of many genes important for development and potentially lead to autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.               

August 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (August 28, 2013) -- In response to longstanding concerns raised by military families subject to frequent relocation, local school districts have been directed to provide special education and related services for transferring military students that are "comparable" with what they received at their previous school. An estimated 23,500 children in military families have autism.

August 28, 2013

A reporter shares his experiences visiting Sension, a company based in the Menlo Park offices of Highland Capital for the summer. Sension is among a handful of businesses making strides in emotion-recognition technology. The tools can analyze facial expressions and vocal patterns for signs of specific emotions: Happiness, sadness, anger, frustration and more.

"Last week, I stood in the cramped office of a Sand Hill Road venture capital firm, staring through Google Glass eyewear at an 18-year-old with a blank expression.