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Autism in the News - 02.01.12

Can My Kid Still Get Treatment? Why Autism's Definition Matters (The Atlantic) Everyone, now, has something to say about autism. While TV shows, such as Touch, portray autistic children as possessing superhuman powers, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is busy revising its definition of the disorder to focus on only the most affected individuals. Read more.

Making A Difference Using our Talents and Gifts (Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch) Sometimes I sit down at my computer to write and the words just flow like water. My fingers fly effortlessly across the keyboard as my thoughts are given form. Read more.

Blue Shield, CDI Reach Settlement on Coverage of Autism Therapy (California Healthline) On Tuesday, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones (D) announced a settlement with Blue Shield of California in which the insurer agreed to immediately cover specialized therapy for people with autism, the Los Angeles Times reports (Lifsher, Los Angeles Times, 2/1). Read more.

Why Do We Want Autistic Kids to Have Superpowers? (Discover Magazine) Last week saw the debut of Touch, Kiefer Sutherland’s show about a father whose non-neurotypical son turns out to be able to predict future events. This comes on the heels of Alphas, which also gave us Gary, another person who appears to be on the autism spectrum but who has the ability to see hidden energies. And the notion of autistic people as savants or special fixers has been around forever. Read more.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

The Autism Speaks blog features opinions from people throughout the autism community. Each blog represents the point of view of the author and does not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks' beliefs or point of view.