Protecting the privacy of autistic people and their families faces new challenges in the era of big data.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
In-depth analysis of important topics in autism.
Autism is unusually common among blind people, and children with autism are more likely to have vision problems than their typical peers. Understanding why could lead to better therapies for autism for autism.
Hearing difficulties and autism often overlap, exacerbating autism traits and complicating diagnoses.
Having an autistic brother or sister can pose challenges, but it can also make children patient, empathetic and resilient.
Parents say the so-called ‘rapid prompting method’ unlocks hidden talents in their minimally verbal autistic children, but researchers question whether the words produced are the child’s own.
Growing ranks of researchers on the spectrum are overcoming barriers — from neurotypical bias to sensory sensitivities — to shape autism science.
Isolated from their peers, some autistic men get drawn into extremist views — and, in rare cases, violence — associated with online groups for ‘celibates.’
Doctors often conflate autism and intellectual disability, and no wonder: The biological distinction between them is murky. Scientific progress depends on knowing where the conditions intersect — and part ways.
Most autistic people want to and can make friends, though their relationships often have a distinctive air.
For many autistic adults, the golden years are tarnished by poor health, poverty and, in some cases, homelessness. Their plight reveals huge gaps in care.