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Researchers link more pollutants to disorders of brain development; call for global prevention strategy to control their use
February 18, 2014


A new report implicates a growing number of industrial chemicals as contributing to autism and other disorders of brain development. The authors call for a global strategy to reduce exposure.

Harvard researchers find substantial costs in healthcare and education; more in-depth findings to come from Autism Speaks
February 10, 2014

Harvard researchers estimate that the added costs of autism-related healthcare and education average more than $17,000 per child per year in the United States. The figure represents expenses above those for a child without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). On a national level, the researchers estimated that these additional costs exceeded $11.5 billion in 2011.

Small study shows high brain activity when children with autism are at rest; researchers say this could explain “withdrawal into self”
February 03, 2014

A small study suggests that the brains of children with autism generate more information when at rest than do the brains of other children. The researchers say that this excess production of information may explain the withdrawal into an “inner world” seen in many individuals with autism.

Autism journal podcast features discussion of women and ASD with researcher Judith Gould and self-advocate Robyn Stewart
January 28, 2014


In this month’s “Autism Matters” podcast, autism researcher Judith Gould and autism self-advocate and author Robyn Steward discuss issues surrounding women with autism, from current research to safety issues, as well as potential differences between men and women on the spectrum.

Autism Speaks-funded study finds that jobs that encourage independence reduce autism symptoms and improve life skills
January 13, 2014

A study funded in part by Autism Speaks suggests that job activities that encourage independence reduce disabling autism symptoms and increase daily living skills. The report appears in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.