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October 08, 2015

Why It’s So Difficult to Diagnose Autism in Girls

The past several years have seen an explosion of studies aimed at backing up these one-off observations about how autism presents differently in girls than in boys. This is a welcome development, as understanding the unique presentation of autism in girls will help us to better identify and treat the disorder. Read more at Slate.

Why children with autism struggle with sleep

Half of children who have autism have trouble falling or staying asleep, which may make their symptoms worse. Scientists are just beginning to explore what goes wrong in the midnight hour. Read more at Spectrum News.

Download the Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P sleep tool kits for toddlers and teens for free here.

How a Child With Autism Became ‘His Own Man’ After Treatment

When he was 2 years old, Jake Exkorn couldn't talk, make eye contact or follow instructions because he had autism. But today, Exkorn is a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Michigan and hardly even remembers what it was like to have autism. Read more at ABC News.

Wash U Study: Racial Disparity in Local Autism Diagnoses

African Americans in the St. Louis Metropolitan area are diagnosed with autism on average six months later than white children, according to a Washington University in St. Louis study. Read more at CBS St. Louis.

Calling all innovative thinkers: Announcing the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize!

We are excited to announce the pre-launch phase of the Autism Speaks House to Home incentive prize! Autism Speaks is offering $150,000 in prizes for breakthrough ideas in housing and residential supports for adults with autism! Read more about the prize here. 

Check out our “In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum” blog series!

The In Our Own Words blog series highlights people with autism and their stories through their perspectives. Have a story about growing up with autism? Submit your blog here

New "Ties That Bind" blog series!

The “Ties That Bind” blog series highlights the shared experiences that people in the autism community have had. These stories can range from anything from getting your child’s first autism diagnosis, going to the dentist, bullying, getting a haircut and much more! Submit your blog here.

Adult With Autism Dreams of Becoming an ESPN Sportscaster

Malcom Harris-Gowdie talks to us about growing up on the spectrum, his challenges, successes and dreams of being a sportscaster, as well as an advocate for autism.