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November 13, 2015


Autism cases in U.S. jum​p to 1 in 45: Who gets the diagnosis, in 8 simple charts

The number of autism cases in the United States appeared to jump dramatically in 2014 according to new estimates released Friday, but researchers said that changes in the format of the questionnaire likely affected the numbers. Read more at the Washington Post.

How Minnesota isolates and marginalizes thousands of adults with disabilities


Minnesota spends millions on adults with disabilities. But it isollates them in dead-end jobs and remote group homes, making it among the nation’s most segregated states. Read more at the Star Tribune.

Adults with autism have few hou​sing options available

“Most adults with autism live with their families long into adulthood, and for many families they’re very concerned about who will take care of their adult children with autism once they’re no longer able to do that,” Autism Speaks Executive V.P. of Programs and Services Lisa Goring told the The Star. Read more.

One Autism Speaks initiative to help meet the needs of the growing number of adults with autism is the House to Home Prize. The organization is seeking groundbreaking ideas from around the world on ways to expand housing and residential support options for adults on the spectrum that will allow them to live as independently as possible. The total prize purse is $150,000. Learn more.

BX boy with autism inspires national PSA

An 11-year-old Bronx boy inspired a public service announcement that is now airing across the country. Watch the News 12 interview.

New government survey pegs autism prevalence at 1 in 45

National Health Interview Survey underscores gap between the number of kids diagnosed with autism and the number receiving services. Read more.

Study finds more than 2% of children have autism

More than 2.2% of children ages 3 to 17 — about one in 45 — have autism, according to theCenter for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Interview Survey, conducted in 2014. The annual survey found autism rates of 1.25%, or one in 80 people, from 2011 to 2013. Read more at USA Today.

Nevada to pay more for autism care

State health officials announced on Monday about their plan to reimburse service providers a certain amount for services provided through registered behavior technicians to children under Medicaid. You can read more about the story here.

Swim program for children with autism te​aches more than strokes

For many children preparing for their first swim lesson, the fear of the pool is normal. But, for children with autism, this concern is elevated. Read more.

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