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September 2022
Noah Sasson, a thin white man, stands in a courtyard with his hands in his pockets.

Noah Sasson: Connecting with the autistic community

by  /  15 September 2022

Intentional interactions with autistic people led Sasson to refocus his research.

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Community Newsletter: Helping autistic adults thrive, grant funding for people with profound autism

by  /  11 September 2022

Two overlooked groups in autism research — autistic adults and people with profound autism — dominated this week’s talk on Twitter.

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Spectrum Launch: Fostering neurodiversity, promotions, grad school placements

by  /  8 September 2022

Autistic researchers describe the challenges they’ve faced in academia and how their non-autistic colleagues can make the workplace more inclusive.

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A group of people in business attire is seated and having a conversation.

Autistic academics seek inclusivity to combat burnout

by  /  8 September 2022

Many autistic researchers say that academia could be the perfect place for them — but a number of obstacles stand in the way.

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David Mandell sits on the steps of a school.

How losing a parent helped shape David Mandell’s approach to autism research

by  /  6 September 2022

Autism’s “fearless” researcher takes on the big questions.

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An illustration of two scientists carrying a larger-than-life DNA strand on their shoulders.

Community Newsletter: Autism gene lists, genetic diversity in mouse models, an autism biomarker

by  /  4 September 2022

This week, we’re bringing you some labors of love: a thread lamenting the autism field’s focus on gene lists, a study introducing genetic diversity in mouse models, and long-awaited results from a biomarker study.

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A mother and child stand, dwarfed by giant alphabet blocks spelling ABA.

Applied behavior analysis and autism: Flawed application of a proven science

by  /  1 September 2022

The field of ABA needs more compassion and individualization.

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August 2022
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Community Newsletter: Novel biosensor, mental health needs, autism research’s sex bias

by  /  28 August 2022

A short time ago on Twitter feeds not so far, far away, a new voltage sensor called JEDI-2P (no, it’s not a lightsaber) had users jawing like Jawas, while other threads featured talk of mental health interventions and sex biases in autism research.

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Conceptual illustration of chromosomal abnormalities

Lumping versus splitting with autism-linked variants: A conversation with Vanessa Vogel-Farley and Yssa DeWoody

by  /  22 August 2022

Researchers have long studied subgroups of people who share genetic variants, but the newly formed ‘CNV Commission’ is also looking at people with shared traits across different neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Community Newsletter: PAX5 mutations, rare-disease gene bank, dopamine primer

by  /  21 August 2022

Takeaways from two team-ups titillated Twitter this week — one on the effects of mutations in the PAX5 gene and one linking rare genetic mutations to a large number of diseases and traits. Plus a primer on dopamine with facts about dopamine fasting.

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