Special Reports Curated collections of articles on special topics in autism.

Featured Articles

whimsical machine takes in various data and spits out an organized version on the other end

Notable papers in autism research in 2018

21 December 2018

This year’s list of top papers highlights new dimensions in our understanding of autism genetics and hints at novel treatments.

DNA helix shows blue spots as mutations.

Five hot topics in autism research in 2018

21 December 2018

This year, researchers made big headway on autism’s most perplexing questions.

A man walks up a decrepit staircase in his neighborhood in Lima, Peru.

In Peru, novel program paves the way for autistic people’s employment

by  /  21 December 2018

At a center in Lima, Peru, people with autism learn to identify their strengths and find jobs that play to those strengths.

six headshots of autism researchers

Pitch your thesis: Big questions drive autism research

21 December 2018

Early-career autism researchers record ‘elevator pitches’ of their projects.

Woman looking into mirror sees words and fragmented reflection.

Why adults need an easier path to autism diagnosis

by  /  18 December 2018

Getting an autism diagnosis can be difficult for many adults, due to the dearth of reliable tests, high costs and bureaucracy.

Science serves up inspiration for Katie Carey’s whimsical artwork

by  /  21 December 2018

Katie Carey, who has illustrated several Spectrum articles, reveals her creative process and her strategies for pushing past mental blocks.

Illustration of profiles with brains of different colors.

In case you missed it: Five Spectrum stories from 2018

21 December 2018

Spectrum’s editors chose five stories from 2018 you may have missed the first time around.

Illustration of empty text bubbles.

Quotes of the year

21 December 2018

In our favorite quotes from stories we published this year, researchers talk about where to store your marijuana for research, the significance of mouse-butt sniffing and the secret to productivity.

A drawing shows the word "autism" formed of loose letters under a magnifying glass.

A decade of Spectrum

21 December 2018

It’s been 10 years since Spectrum — well, one version of Spectrum — launched. Fittingly, in this anniversary year, we made forays into new territory.