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Science & Society

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

Features / Deep Dive
Two young women who met in the Action Play theater group and became friends. Lines between the women show their connection.

How people with autism forge friendships

by  /  1 April 2020
Most autistic people want to and can make friends, though their relationships often have a distinctive air.
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Teenage boy sitting alone, hand over his eyes, in the fading light.

‘Flattening the curve’ may pose tough challenge for autistic people

by  /  1 April 2020
Social distancing may pose special challenges for people with autism and their caregivers.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How to run a lab from home during a pandemic

by  /  31 March 2020
While much of the world's operations have sputtered to a halt, some labs have found ways to keep science moving forward.
March 2020
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News

Autistic burnout, explained

by  /  30 March 2020

‘Autistic burnout’ is the intense physical, mental or emotional exhaustion, often accompanied by a loss of skills, that some adults with autism experience.

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Journals prepare for changes as coronavirus interrupts research

by  /  26 March 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts researchers’ working lives, the academic journals that publish their work are adjusting too.

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Caregiver and person with autism are inside a delicate protected sphere, while the COVID19 virus looms all around them.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How governments should maintain disability services during the pandemic

by  /  24 March 2020

People with disabilities are at increased risk of medical and other complications from coronavirus infection. There is a lot that governments can do to help them.

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Video still shows worker at Whorlton Hall mistreating or abusing a person with disabilities
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U.K. government faces lawsuit over mistreatment of autistic people

by  /  23 March 2020

Following a series of scandals in the United Kingdom over people with autism being held against their will and mistreated in hospitals, a watchdog group has issued a legal challenge to the government.

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Week of MarchMar
16th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Coronavirus, genetic mutations, obsessive-compulsive disorder

by  /  20 March 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 16 March.

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News / Profiles

Elise Robinson: Untangling the roots of cause and effect

by  /  19 March 2020

Even as a small child, geneticist Elise Robinson wondered why people think the way they do. Today, that question informs much of her autism research.

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Features / Deep Dive

Growing old with autism

by  /  18 March 2020

For many autistic adults, the golden years are tarnished by poor health, poverty and, in some cases, homelessness. Their plight reveals huge gaps in care.

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Coronavirus’ effect on autism research may have long-term consequences

by  /  16 March 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered universities and institutes, leaving scientists scrambling to continue their research.

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Week of MarchMar
9th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Sleep problems, social comfort, police training

by  /  13 March 2020

A roundup of news and research for the week of 9 March.

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Illustration shows classroom scene with adults learning about relationships and sex.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why adults with autism need sex education

by  /  13 March 2020

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.

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