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

January 2019
Black and white portrait of Christine Nordhal smiling.
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Christine Wu Nordahl reveals new autism brain-imaging strategies

30 January 2019

Watch the complete replay of Christine Wu Nordahl discussing new ways to expand participation in autism brain-imaging studies.

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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
News

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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Opinion / Viewpoint

How to offer support for young autistic children in South Africa

by ,  /  22 January 2019

Coaching caregivers in early-intervention strategies may be the most effective way to help young autistic children in South Africa.

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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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