Tag: ethics

November 2018
reflection on office window glass of two men shaking hands.

Autistic people should be valued for their strengths in the workplace

by ,  /  5 November 2018

Just 16 percent of adults with autism are in full-time paid employment, and those who do get a job often face discrimination and isolation at work.

October 2018
A woman peers through a wall made to look like a genetic sequencing background, through a missing area.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Counseling can ease shock of unexpected genetic results

by  /  23 October 2018

The best way to deliver surprises from genetic findings is to provide adequate information and counseling alongside the results.

September 2018
Boy in cap and backpack looks away from camera in train station.

Why we should not define autism in terms of ‘deficits’

by ,  /  26 September 2018

Autistic children in the United Kingdom are increasingly being suspended or expelled from school because of ‘behavioral problems,’ official figures show.

Three games on a table, bead mazes.

How genetics is revealing rare childhood conditions

by ,  /  21 September 2018

A pioneering project is showing how, 17 years since the first draft of the human genome, our genes are giving up their secrets and bringing hope to parents around the world.

August 2018
Collage illustration shows sun rising behind medicine dropper with marijuana leaves growing out of it.

Drug approval could boost research on marijuana treatment for autism

by  /  16 August 2018

The United States has approved a compound derived from marijuana as a treatment for certain types of epilepsy. The ruling may spell good news for autism research.

July 2018

From crib to court: Trump administration summons immigrant infants

by , ,  /  20 July 2018

A total of 1,500 ‘unaccompanied’ children, from newborns to age 3, have been called in to immigration court since 1 October 2015, according to U.S. Justice Department data.

Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Orrin Devinsky discusses cannabis compounds for epilepsy

17 July 2018

Watch the complete replay of Orrin Devinsky discussing cannabis-based treatments for seizures.

EEG readouts, genetic data and other colorful streams of information go into a yellow box, and come out in a regular pattern on the other side.
Features / Deep Dive

Can a computer diagnose autism?

by  /  11 July 2018

Machine-learning holds the promise to help clinicians spot autism sooner, but technical and ethical obstacles remain.

A young boy in crowd of exhausted people looks directly into camera.

Immigrant children detained in U.S. may struggle to get health care

by , ,  /  3 July 2018

Just 16 percent of adults with autism are in full-time paid employment, and this situation is not improving. The Economist has described this as “a tragic toll, as millions of people live idle and isolated outside the world of work.” When people with autism do get a job, they face bullying, discrimination and isolation in […]

Opinion / Viewpoint

How the new U.S. ‘Right to Try’ law could harm people with autism

by  /  3 July 2018

People with autism already have access to experimental treatments; the new law could make that access more dangerous.