Autism in the News – 04.21.11
Autism’s Causes: How Close Are We to Solving the Puzzle? (PBS NewsHour)
The rise in the number of reported autism cases has caused a surge in research to find the causes. Robert MacNeil speaks with four leading researchers: Dr. Gerald Fischbach of the Simons Foundation, Dr. David Amaral of the MIND Institute, Dr. Martha Herbert of Harvard University and Dr. Craig Newschaffer of Drexel University. It’s part three of the Autism Now series of reports. Read more.
Autism Guru Fights for His Reputation and Theory (The New York Times)
As people streamed into Graceview Baptist Church in Tomball, Tex., early one Saturday morning in January, two armed guards stood prominently just inside the doorway of the sanctuary. Their eyes scanned the room and returned with some frequency to a man sitting near the aisle, whom they had been hired to protect. Read more.
LEGISLATIVE NOTEBOOK: N.D. Legislature approves autism pilot program (Bismarck, N.D.)
The North Dakota Legislature has approved an autism spectrum disorder pilot program. Read more.
Fitch Middle School joins effort to promote autism awareness (Groton, Conn.)
The staff and students at Fitch Middle School are taking part in National Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks.org defines autism as a general term referring to a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). Read more.
KU program at the forefront of autism research movement (Kansan.com)
His light blue eyes remain fixated on the toy car in his hands as he sits quietly alone in one corner of the playroom. He gives little notice to the activity of the other children playing together a few feet away. By most accounts, the small, 3-year-old boy in the red shirt would appear to be like any other, albeit a little shy. The truth of the matter is more than what can be seen at first glance. Read more.