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Children with autism: Nothing for granted (CNN)
Watching a child take his first steps is one of the biggest milestones for a parent. Read more.

'Seclusion rooms' for autistic students raise concerns (USA Today)
Andrew St. Vincent's parents pose questions around the coffee table as the middle-schooler with autism builds a Lego city. Read more.

Online Tool for Faster Autism Diagnosis (Psych Central)
Making a diagnosis of autism is typically a difficult and time-consuming exercise. As autism cannot be diagnosed with a medical test, experts use interviews, observation and evaluations to make a diagnosis. Read more.

Can Autism Really Be Diagnosed in Minutes? (TIME)
A Harvard researcher says he's achieved exceptional accuracy in identifying autism by using just seven online questions and an evaluation of a short home video of the child, instead of conventional, face-to-face exams that can take hours. Read more.

Autism research may be about to bear fruit (Fox News)
More than $1 billion has been spent over the past decade researching autism. In some ways, the search for its causes looks like a long-running fishing expedition, with a focus on everything from genetics to the age of the father, the weight of the mother, and how close a child lives to a freeway. Read more.

After $1B, experts see progress on autism's causes (Atlanta, Ga.)
More than $1 billion has been spent over the past decade searching for the causes of autism. In some ways, the research looks like a long-running fishing expedition, with a focus on everything from genetics to the age of the father, the weight of the mother, and how close a child lives to a freeway. Read more.

Doctors want to redefine autism (Chicago,Ill.)
One child doesn't talk, rocks rhythmically back and forth and stares at clothes spinning in the dryer. Another has no trouble talking but is obsessed with trains, methodically naming every station in his state. Read more.

Ban highlights talents of autism community, reaffirms UN’s resolve to raise awareness (New York, N.Y.)
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the United Nations’ continued commitment to raising awareness on the challenges that people with autism face, while highlighting the many talents that are sometimes overlooked in people with the condition. Read more.

'Light it Up Blue' for Autism Awareness (Lynnfield Patch)
The following is an opinion piece by State Senator Katherine Clark: Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen to 1 in 88 children. Read more.

Autism Awareness Day spotlights discrimination (CBS News)
Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. The United Nations recognizes today to spread awareness on the developmental disability that affects tens of millions of people worldwide and according to the Secretary-General, to put an end to the discrimination many people with an autism spectrum disorder face daily. Read more.