Skip navigation

Calls to Action

Geraldine Dawson

Senate Armed Services Grills DoD on TRICARE Autism Coverage

June 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2012) -- A Senate Armed Services subcommittee sharply questioned representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD) today on why they offer limited autism insurance benefits to military families, particularly in light of the federal government's decision to begin coverage for the nation's 8 million civilian employees, retirees and dependents.

Autism Risk Gene Linked to Sensory Overload

February 02, 2012

New research may help explain how a specific gene mutation produces the hypersensitivities to sound experienced by many persons affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The researchers found that when a suspected autism gene – PTEN – is disabled in the sound-processing center of a mouse brain, incoming signals are abnormally amplified regardless of whether their source is near or far.