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Brain scans in infants shed light on autism onset (CNN) New research provides evidence that wiring in the brains of children with autism differs from typically developing children as early as six months of age, according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on Friday. Read more. 

Mercury again ruled out as autism cause ( Mercury does not cause autism, another study now concludes. The levels of mercury in the urine of children with autism were no higher than urine mercury levels of children without the condition, the study from England found. Read more. W.Va. autism insurance "fix" heads to full House (Charleston, W.

Lindt Announces 2012 Autism Speaks Partnership Program (Stratham, N.H.) Premium Swiss chocolatier, Lindt, announces today it is once again partnering with Autism Speaks to raise funds and awareness for autism during the Easter season. Lindt will support the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization through donations from sales of the iconic Lindt GOLD BUNNY. Read more. 

Autistic Danvers Boy Denied Skating Lessons, Policy Changes (Danvers Patch) A six-year-old Danvers resident with autism was denied group skating lessons in Peabody if his parents or therapist had to be present. Read more. 

Autism therapy apps balloon, but therapeutic benefits remain to be proved (TechWorld) With one honk, the course of Shannon Des Roches Rosa's day abruptly changed. "It's my son," Rosa announced, as she quickly removed the microphone pinned to her shirt. "I've gotta run," she said, as she hurried out the door of her sprawling home. Her 11-year-old son, Leo, just home from school, must be met at the bus at the top of the driveway before coming indoors.

Autism experts to gather at USC symposium ( USC faculty and community experts are slated to convene on March 9 at the USC Occupational Science Symposium to share research and perspectives on autism and autism spectrum disorders with an audience of university colleagues and students, health professionals and public advocates. Read more.

Former Autism Society director charged in $60K theft (Atlanta Business Chronicle) The former executive director of the Autism Society of America’s Greater Georgia Chapter is charged with taking more than $60,000 from the organization, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post. Read more.

2 more autism-friendly shows planned for Broadway (New York, N.Y.) Two more autism-friendly performances of Broadway musicals will be offered this spring and fall following the success last year of the first showing of a Broadway show specially altered for those diagnosed with the disorder. Read more.

3-D technology helps autistic kids learn to read (Orlando Sentinel) A menagerie of virtual 3-D animals that swim, eat bugs and fly are building crucial reading skills in autistic children at Audubon Park Elementary in Orlando. Read more.