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Science & Society

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

December 2018
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Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

In case you missed it: Five Spectrum stories from 2018

21 December 2018

Spectrum’s editors chose five stories from 2018 you may have missed the first time around.

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Opinion / Q&A

Science serves up inspiration for Katie Carey’s whimsical artwork

by  /  21 December 2018

Katie Carey, who has illustrated several Spectrum articles, reveals her creative process and her strategies for pushing past mental blocks.

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A man walks up a decrepit staircase in his neighborhood in Lima, Peru.
News

In Peru, novel program paves the way for autistic people’s employment

by  /  21 December 2018

At a center in Lima, Peru, people with autism learn to identify their strengths and find jobs that play to those strengths.

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Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

Pitch your thesis: Big questions drive autism research

21 December 2018

Early-career autism researchers record ‘elevator pitches’ of their projects.

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Opinion

Young writers fight autism stereotypes through fan fiction

by , ,  /  19 December 2018

Some fan-fiction authors are beginning to incorporate autism into their stories, especially in the Harry Potter universe.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Why adults need an easier path to autism diagnosis

by  /  18 December 2018

Getting an autism diagnosis can be difficult for many adults, due to the dearth of reliable tests, high costs and bureaucracy.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Patricia Braga discusses stem-cell models of autism

12 December 2018

Watch the complete replay of Patricia Braga describing studies of autism involving stem cells.

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News

How to design spaces for people with autism

by  /  11 December 2018

Architects are working with schools to create welcoming, versatile spaces for students on the spectrum.

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Illustration shows paper under review and the research process, on two different sides.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Peer review of methods before study’s onset may benefit science

by  /  4 December 2018

‘Registered reports’ — a type of paper in which experimental protocols are reviewed before the study begins — may make neuroscience studies more rigorous and reproducible.

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November 2018
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Opinion / Viewpoint

Why we need to respect sexual orientation, gender diversity in autism

by  /  27 November 2018

Autistic people with a minority sexual orientation or gender identity face specific challenges, from having their self-assessments dismissed to difficulties advocating for their gender needs.

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