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The Daily Brief

February 02, 2016

"My daughter's autism diagnosis took six years" by BBC News

A report by Public Health England has shown there is a huge disparity in waiting times across England. Watch the full BBC News segment with a family who had to wait too long to get a diagnosis. 

If you have a concern about how your child is communicating, interacting or behaving, you are probably wondering what to do next. The First Concern to Action Tool Kit can help you sort that out. 

Pediatrics publishes research & guidelines on autism-related health issues

The journal Pediatrics published a special supplement on medical, mental health and behavioral issues commonly associated with autism. The issue provides important autism-specific practice guidelines for the nation’s pediatricians.The new and much-expanded supplement includes treatment recommendations for such autism-associated health issues anxiety, depression, disturbed sleep and severe irritability and problem behaviors. Read more here

At Sweetwater Spectrum in Sonoma, adults with autism reside, thrive

Sweetwater Spectrum is a supportive living community in Sonoma, Calif. The nonprofit was founded by a group of families, with the mission to challenge each individual to reach his or her highest potential. Read more here.

Autism Family Drama Coming To TV

A one-hour drama about a family with a young child who has just been diagnosed with autism is headed to television. SundanceTV will air the six-episode series “The A-Word” later this year. Read more at Disability Scoop.

Autism Speaks names top ten research papers of 2015

Autism Speaks science staff and advisers review the studies that most powerfully advanced understanding and treatment of autism. See the full list. 

Your ATN@Work: Creating a sensory-friendly dental office

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have created a model “sensory smart” dentist office to ease visits for kids with autism. Read more.

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

She is on my Mind and in my Heart: A Brother's Story



Michael Anaclerio is a high school teacher who raises autism awareness in memory of his sister, Mary.

"It's not easy to explain to people what it means to be a sibling of someone with autism. I learned a lot from Mary during her life. I became a teacher because of her; I wanted to do something with my life that involved helping others. She taught me more about life than I could ever have imagined growing up. " Read Michael's touching story here.