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Autism in the News - 03.19.12

Moms of autistic children work less, earn less (Reuters Health)
U.S. families with autistic children earn nearly $18,000 less than parents of normally developing kids, according to a new report. The gap is mainly due to mothers not having a job or working fewer hours, researchers found. Read more.

Utah to fund pilot program for autism treatment without mandate (Salt Lake Tribune)
Utah government and private businesses are set to launch a collaboration with the potential to transform the lives of hundreds of families with young autistic children. Read more.

Washington Township school district: autism program at Grenloch to become full-day (
The Washington Township school district plans on welcoming home even more students by expanding its autism programs for the 2012-2013 school year. The board of education recently gave the green light to multiple changes and additions to the district’s new attempt at bringing autistic students—who would normally be placed in specialized schools outside of the district—back to their hometown for school. Read more.

Autistic Man Free Falls to End Bullying (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
29-year-old best-selling author, autism advocate and motivational speaker Jesse A. Saperstein of Poughkeepsie, New York has launched the “Free-Falling to End Bullying in 2012" ( campaign as part of his zero tolerance, nationwide Anti-Bullying movement. Read more.

Man sets goal for autism (Canada)
Inspired by Vancouver Canucks players, a local man is raising money to help those with autism. 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.

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