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Autism’s ‘Aging Out’ Crisis

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

Susan Boyle Writes Powerful Essay on her Struggles with Autism

April 09, 2014

(April 9, 2014) -- Susan Boyle, the 52-year-old church volunteer who became a global singing sensation on Britain's Got Talent, has written an essay for The Daily Beast about her struggles with autism. Boyle revealed diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome late last year.

The essay serves as a preview to a documentary, "Susan Boyle: Her Secret Struggle" which airs tonight at 10 PM ET on Ovation. 

Autism and Toxic Chemicals: Are Pollutants Fueling Rising Prevalence?

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.

Costs of Autism: Study Tallies Kids’ Higher Health and Education Needs

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.

Autism & Busy Brains: Does Brain Activity Interfere with Sociability?

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.

Employment Can Help Adults with Autism Overcome Disabilities

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.