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Spotted around the web: Week of 1 April 2019

by  /  5 April 2019

April 1st

Research roundup

  • Researchers propose a model for gathering first-person perspectives from young people who have communication or cognitive disabilities. Autism
  • Scientists call for single-cell gene-expression studies in tissues from children, to expand and augment the Human Cell Atlas. Developmental Cell
  • An inclusive summer camp helps autistic children improve their social skills. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
  • Altered sensory processing is directly related to repetitive behaviors in autism, but not in Williams syndrome. Autism Research
  • Autism prevalence in China is similar to that in Western countries, according to researchers who screened schoolchildren in three Chinese cities. Molecular Autism
  • Poor functional connectivity in a particular brain region appears to be a brain signature for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder who do not respond to psychotherapy. Science Translational Medicine

Science and society

  • Elucidating the sex differences in pain perception may lead to better and more personalized pain-relief treatments. Nature
  • The Autism History Project website highlights the people and discoveries that shaped our understanding of the condition in the United States. Futurity
  • An Australian study documents the difficulties autistic people have finding and keeping jobs. The Guardian
  • A new book from autism researchers Sue Fletcher-Watson and Francesca Happé, “Autism: A New Introduction to Psychological Theory and Current Debate,” includes the voices of autistic people. Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
  • A conference focusing on autism in girls was held in London on World Autism Day. National Association of Head Teachers
  • Max Park, who has autism, holds the world record for speed-solving several sizes of Rubik’s Cubes. Guinness World Records
  • The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued new guidelines that clarify the definitions of community-based and institutional living arrangements for people with disabilities. Disability Scoop
  • Goldman Sachs is launching a paid internship program for neurodiverse individuals. CNN
  • The French government announced its commitment to improve early diagnosis of autism and to help schools and preschools accommodate autistic children. The Washington Post
  • In an opinion piece, an autistic woman with an autistic daughter calls for acceptance and understanding. CBC
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns stem-cell clinics across the country to stop selling unproven treatments. The New York Times
  • Americans’ knowledge of science — facts and process — is solid, but that does not impact their faith in science. FiveThirtyEight
  • Virtual reality can help autistic people practice social encounters and public speaking. Forbes
  • The Milestones National Autism Conference is scheduled to be held in Cleveland in June. Milestones Autism Resources

Autism and the arts

  • Comedian Hannah Gadsby is back with a new stand-up show, in which she addresses her recent autism diagnosis. The New York Times
  • The Miracle Project, an inclusive theater program that creates musicals for performers on the spectrum, has received a boost from theatrical licensor Broadway Licensing. Broadway World
  • The Aspen Art Museum holds monthly workshops and sensory-friendly visiting hours for autistic people. Aspen Times


  • Computational biologist Steven Salzberg writes a point-by-point rebuttal to a New England Journal of Medicine editorial that argued that open-access publishing is a failure. Forbes

Job moves

  • David Page returns to his laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after directing the Whitehead Institute for 15 years. Boston Globe

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