Too few students with autism or intellectual disabilities have sex education. That omission may prevent them from forming fulfilling romantic relationships, and it may make them targets of abuse.
Expert opinions on trends and controversies in autism research.
Some families do not have the financial ability or time to participate in clinical trials for autism. New technologies may enable them to participate from their homes.
Normative modeling could capture variability among autistic people and allow for individualized assessments.
Can brain scans, in the wrong hands, compromise research participants’ identity? The risk is minimal.
Too many scientists fail to acknowledge autistic people’s potential contributions to the field. This shortsightedness damages scientists’ ability to help people.
A class of medications used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder seems to ease compulsive behaviors in adults with autism. Why can’t we tell if these medications work similarly in children with the condition?
A lack of research on black people with autism makes it difficult for an autistic black woman to survive in the workplace and elsewhere.
The branch of the nervous system that regulates subconscious bodily processes such as breathing and digestion may play a key role in autism.
The question of autism’s heritability is compelling for researchers and laypeople alike, but many people in both groups misunderstand its definition.
No diet is likely to treat autistic people on a large scale, but diets based on a genetic profile may bring big benefits to a few.