(October 16, 2014) – Technology Review reported on how well adults with autism adapt to computer-based communication and calls for further scientific research.
The article states that the lack of body language involved in computer messaging along with a controlled environment allows adults with autism to interact better and build more relationships.
(October 6, 2014) -- The Salt Lake Tribune reported on a Utah State Office of Educaiton survey of students with Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs, who left school in 2011. The study found that 19% of the students surveyed were not working or going to school one year later. Previous studies estimate the percentage of students specifically with autism not working or in school to be significantly higher.
(October 2, 2014) -- PBS NewsHour shared an opinion piece by Renee Gordon and Dr. Barry Gordon, parents of 22-year-old Alex, who has autism. In the piece, titled Adults with Autism Deserve A System That Allows Them to Thrive, the Gordons share their experiences with Alex, as well as their thoughts on the current state of the services system for adults with autism. Dr. Gordon is a former member of the Autism Speaks Scientific Review Board.
(Sept. 30, 2014) – It has been said there is so much more for the workforce to learn about working with a colleague on the autism spectrum. These coworkers can contribute some of the brightest insights, but are sometimes misunderstood because of the common characteristics associated with autism. Today, Forbes highlights different tips for working with colleagues on the spectrum.
(Sept 30, 2014) Autism Speaks, the Orange Foundation, the Pasteur Institute and the Adapta Foundation are hosting the 2nd International Conference on Innovative Technologies for Autism (ITASD) at the Pasteur Institute, in Paris, October 3 and 4. The conference will bring together scientists, care givers, associations and both individuals and families affected by autism.
A new study suggests that a common characteristic of autism – language delay in early childhood – results in lasting differences in the brain. Understanding such differences may lead to the identification of autism subtypes and the development of more-personalized supports and treatments, the authors propose.