Autism in the News – Thursday, 06.10.10
Study Finds Increased Numbers of Gene-Disrupting CNVs in Autism (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News)
A major international study investigating the genetic basis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has identified a number of genes linked to risk of developing the disorder. The three-year Autism Genome Project, funded by Autism Speaks, claims the findings support the growing consensus that autism is caused in part by many rare genetic variants that are generally found in less than 1% of the population. Read more.
Learning-disabilities center is ‘dream’ for Eastern land (North Wayne, Penn.)
A center that would help college-aged students with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder, succeed in higher education might be built on land recently acquired by Eastern University. Read more.
Rocklin girls reach out to A Touch of Understanding (Rockin, Calif.)
Do you get discouraged reading all the negative things about “kids today”? It can make you think that the future of our country will be in the hands of individuals who think only of themselves and their instant gratification. That belief was dispelled at Sierra Elementary School in Rocklin on Thursday, May 20, 2010. Read more.
Gestational Age Correlates with Later Learning Difficulties (PsychCentral)
Research published this week in PLoS Medicine shows that there is an association between newborns’ gestational age at delivery and the risk of special educational needs in later life. This finding has important implications for the timing of elective Caesarean deliveries. Read more.
Alternative athletics coming to county schools (Athletic Business)
Students with disabilities in county schools soon will be able to play in a new after-school sports program designed to allow athletes with most types of disabilities to compete. Read more.