Tag: policy

May 2019
African american woman alone in medical setting
News

Landmark summit on autism health care kicks off

by  /  4 May 2019

A panel of autism scientists and advocates is charged with a tall order: making recommendations for the care of autistic people worldwide.

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U.S. autism prevalence in black children based on few families

by  /  4 May 2019

A national survey that estimates autism prevalence includes too few black families to yield accurate data for that demographic.

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April 2019
Features / Deep Dive

In search of truce in the autism wars

by  /  24 April 2019

The fight between those who define autism as a medical condition and those who see it as a mere difference has reached vitriolic levels. Can the two sides come together to support all autistic people?

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Despite measles outbreaks, vaccine exemptions easy to obtain in U.S. states

by ,  /  5 April 2019

As measles outbreaks continue across the United States, newly revealed health records from Oregon suggest it’s surprisingly easy to opt out of required vaccinations in that state — as in several others.

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March 2019
child with clinician in diagnosis
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Australia adopts standards for autism diagnosis, to mixed reviews

by  /  27 March 2019

Australia has become the latest country to establish guidelines for diagnosing autism, but getting clinicians to comply may be difficult.

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February 2019
Opinion

Changes to Canada autism program could do more harm than good

by ,  /  15 February 2019

The Ontario, Canada, government recently announced its intentions to overhaul the Ontario Autism Program, but the changes could leave autistic children without supports.

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Immigration fears force family to forego autism services for citizen child

by ,  /  1 February 2019

As U.S. immigration enforcement becomes stricter under the Trump administration, more immigrant families are cutting ties with healthcare services and other critical government programs.

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January 2019
Researchers and doctors interacting with family with genetic syndrome
Opinion / Viewpoint

Reaching out to families can inspire new autism research

by  /  29 January 2019

For students and early-career investigators, opportunities to meet and talk with the people they are trying to help underscores why the work matters.

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Scientists and others protest over government shutdown
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U.S. government shutdown threatens research grants, autism care

by  /  25 January 2019

As the partial government shutdown in the U.S. enters its sixth week, some scientists are working without pay, and federal workers with autistic children are restoring to desperate measures.

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Mom Toni Hoy with ah photograph of her adopted son.
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Parents forced to trade custody for children’s mental-health care

by  /  11 January 2019

Each year, dozens of families in Illinois give up custody of their children to help them get mental-health services.

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