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Sibling Talks Autism, Employment and New Bakery Called 'Puzzles'

July 14, 2014

Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro interviewed Sara Mae Hickey, the Owner of Puzzles Bakery & Café, a new business in upstate New York that is committed to hiring adults with special needs. Puzzles seeks to "solve the puzzle" of autism and adulthood by providing opportunities for personal growth, as well as a source of income, social interaction, and a sense of purpose for individuals of all abilities.

Autism and Driving: Study Opens Research into Unmet Needs of Adults

First study on adult drivers with autism reveals self-perceived challenges and self-imposed limits; can tailored driver education help?
June 30, 2014


As the number of adults with autism rapidly grows, a new study suggests a range of self-reported difficulties that might be addressed by tailored training to support safe driving – a key to independence for many adults.

Lifetime Costs of Autism Average $1.4 Million to $2.4 Million

Landmark study, funded by Autism Speaks, provides crucial information for public policy and service planning across the lifespan
June 09, 2014


Research funded by Autism Speaks has provided the most comprehensive and current estimate of autism’s costs to individuals, families and society:

Adults with Autism Suffer High Rates of Most Major Disorders

Large new study extends findings of earlier research on high rates of medical and psychiatric conditions among children with autism
May 14, 2014

The first large study of its kind finds that adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have higher than normal rates of nearly all major medical and psychiatric disorders. Moreover, their increased health problems extended across all age groups – from young adults to senior citizens.

College Student with Autism Excels Thanks to Guidance and Supports

April 14, 2014

Matt McGlone is an adult on the spectrum who just started his freshman year at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Cathy McGlone, Matt’s mother, says that she helped Matt work on skills like time management, laundry, and cooking the summer before he started college. Cathy McGlone goes on to say that while there are still things Matt needs help with,  he’s excelled so far because of the confidence he gained in high school.

Matt, who is studying to be a film director, maintained a 3.3 grade-point average in his first semester of college.

Autism and Employment Support: An ‘Autism Matters’ Podcast

In April’s podcast from the journal Autism, investigators discuss what research tells us about effective employment supports
April 08, 2014

April’s “Autism Matters” podcast features interviews with researchers Paul Shattuck and Anne Roux, of Philadelphia’s Drexel University. Drs. Shattuck and Roux discuss issues surrounding employment support for adults with autism, as well as the barriers that those with autism face when looking for and maintaining employment.