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From funding decisions to scientific fraud, a wide range of societal factors shape autism research.

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Gender and sexuality in autism, explained

by  /  18 September 2020
Gender and sexuality appear to be more varied among autistic people than among neurotypical people. What do scientists know about the connection?
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Largest study to date confirms overlap between autism and gender diversity

by  /  14 September 2020
People who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth are three to six times as likely to be autistic as cisgender people are.
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Cannabis and autism, explained

by  /  7 September 2020
Autistic people and their families are increasingly experimenting with marijuana to try to ease problems such as insomnia, epilepsy and chronic pain — and traits of autism. But there is little evidence for its safety or effectiveness.
September 2020
young autistic girl in playroom with a tennis ball that matches her yellow dyed hair.
Opinion / Q&A

Inside a summer camp for autistic children in Russia

by  /  1 September 2020

Photographs show how a camp in St. Petersburg this summer helped children on the spectrum and their families find some fun during the pandemic.

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August 2020
Photo-based illustration shows woman with a dress matching the wallpaper behind her, holding a mask.
Opinion / Q&A

Spotting the problems with ‘camouflaging’ in autism research

by  /  25 August 2020

Eric Fombonne spoke with Spectrum about the possibilities that autism is overdiagnosed in adults and that camouflaging traits is not unique to the condition.

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Illustration shows figures of BIPOC navigating a landscape of uncertainty.
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Almost one-third of autistic children in the United States live in poverty

by  /  19 August 2020

Children younger than age 5 and Black and Hispanic children on the spectrum experience the most financial hardships.

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Opinion / Reviews

Review: ‘Love on the Spectrum’ is kind, but unrepresentative

by  /  18 August 2020

The Netflix series that follows 20-something autistic adults looking for love is well intentioned but fails to capture reality and is riddled with bad advice.

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A plate with a slice of yellow cake sits on a blue plate on a light blue table cloth, surrounded by spoons and forks. This image places an emphasis on food and ritualized behaviors.
Opinion

Autism and eating disorders may have an emotional connection

by , ,  /  12 August 2020

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any kinds of mental illness. They don’t discriminate, affecting people of all ethnicities, sexualities, gender identities, ages and backgrounds.

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Small group of Chinese students looking at tablet together.
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Autism prevalence estimates for China, Greece align with global patterns

by  /  6 August 2020

About 0.7 percent of children in China aged 6 to 12 — and 1.15 percent of 10- and 11-year-olds in Greece — have autism, figures that are consistent with prevalence estimates elsewhere.

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Matt Lerner playing the sax in his year
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Matthew Lerner

by  /  4 August 2020

Since the pandemic began, Matthew Lerner and his team have become part of a massive experiment on maintaining social connection at a distance.

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July 2020
Man working from home office.
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INSAR 2020, from home

by  /  31 July 2020

Like so many other events this year, autism’s biggest annual conference — the International Society for Autism Research meeting — was forced to go virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pen and ink drawings by a father and daughter in a. sketchbook
Opinion / Q&A

On the same page: Divorce, drawing, and parenting an autistic child

by  /  28 July 2020

Shared sketch books chart a father-daughter relationship over time and provide a valuable outlet for self-regulating emotions.

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A young woman wearing a face mask looks out the window
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COVID-19 may be deadlier for group-home residents

by  /  23 July 2020

Intellectually or developmentally disabled group-home residents are dying from COVID-19 at twice the rate of all New Yorkers with the virus.

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