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John Elder Robison Urges Autism Self Advocates to Embrace Brain Research

In remarks at IMFAR Stakeholder Luncheon, renowned autism self-advocate urges autism community to support brain-tissue research
May 16, 2014

John Elder Robison, renowned autism self-advocate and a neuro-diversity scholar at the College of William and Mary, called on the autism community to embrace brain research and the development of treatments that ease suffering. His remarks immediately followed the announcement of a new brain-donor registration site for Autism BrainNet.

Brain Scans of Children with Autism Show Difficulty with Dueling Sensory Input

May 15, 2014

Using noninvasive brain scans, UCLA researchers showed how the brains of children with autism overreact when presented with competing sensory stimuli - in this case the touch of scratchy wool combined with loud traffic noises. They presented their findings this week at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), in Atlanta.

Can EEG Identify Which High Risk Baby Sibs Need Intervention?

Study of infant brain activity in families affected by autism finds signs of “miswiring” that may help identify babies at highest risk
May 15, 2014

Harvard researchers studying babies in families affected by autism say they’ve found two distinctive types of electroencephalogram (EEG) readings that, together, may pinpoint which of these infants are at the highest risk of developing the disorder. They are presenting their findings this week at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), in Atlanta.

Study Suggests Repetitive Behaviors Emerge Early in Autism

Researchers say greater focus on repetitive behaviors may help identify babies and toddlers who will benefit from early intervention
May 15, 2014

A greater focus on very early repetitive behaviors may help identify more babies and toddlers who would benefit from early intervention for autism, a new study suggests.

Autism Acceptance on Campus

Study suggests greater acceptance of autism-related behaviors when college students know a fellow student has autism
May 03, 2013

 

The transition to college is an understandably anxious time for many students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). How will they be accepted by other college students? How open should they be about their autism?