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Science & Society

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

January 2019
Portrait of Matie Ovalle at her home in Chicago.
Features / Deep Dive

How to help low-income children with autism

by  /  16 January 2019

Autistic children from low-income families are undercounted and underserved, a gap community leaders are working to bridge.

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Diverse group of children with happy do
Opinion / Viewpoint

How to help underserved groups gain access to autism care

by  /  15 January 2019

Place your autism center in the community you serve, remove barriers to care, cast a wide net for autism signs, and do as much as possible in the first visit: These principles can help build a lifelong relationship with the community.

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Mom Toni Hoy with ah photograph of her adopted son.
News

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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News

Core set of autism traits shows up in diverse cultures

by  /  3 January 2019

Some autism traits look the same across cultures, and they could form the basis of a global screening tool.

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December 2018
Illustration of empty text bubbles.
Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

Quotes of the year

21 December 2018

In our favorite quotes from stories we published this year, researchers talk about where to store your marijuana for research, the significance of mouse-butt sniffing and the secret to productivity.

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A drawing shows the word "autism" formed of loose letters under a magnifying glass.
Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

A decade of Spectrum

21 December 2018

It’s been 10 years since Spectrum — well, one version of Spectrum — launched. Fittingly, in this anniversary year, we made forays into new territory.

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Illustration of profiles with brains of different colors.
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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six headshots of autism researchers
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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