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

March 2020
Poster session at Society for Neuroscience meeting in large conference hall
News

Neuroscientists call for virtual meetings to combat climate change

by  /  5 March 2020

Society for Neuroscience members are demanding sharp cuts to the carbon footprint of its annual meeting.

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Features / Deep Dive

Now hiring: What autistic people need to succeed in the workplace

by  /  4 March 2020

Autistic adults have more job opportunities than they used to, and a small neurodiverse workforce is thriving — but mainly at select companies that invest heavily in such employees.

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headshots of the four current democratic presidential candidates
Opinion / Cross Talk

Disability policies highlight major differences among U.S. presidential hopefuls

by ,  /  3 March 2020

Most of the top contenders for the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination have released comprehensive plans for disability policies.

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February 2020
Week of FebruaryFeb
24th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Intellectual disability, chromosome 16, Greta Thunberg

by  /  28 February 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the 24 February.

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54% of autistic mothers report that professionals involved with their children often don’t believe them, compared with 31% of neurotypical mothers. 41% of autistic mothers feel that agencies do not support them sufficiently when they ask for parenting help. 68% of neurotypical mothers feel they can turn to others for parenting support. Only 41% of autistic mothers feel the same. 44% of autistic mothers report having anxiety that affects their ability to communicate, compared with 6% of neurotypical mothers. 38% of autistic mothers rarely or never disclose their autism diagnosis to professionals when talking about their children. 94% of neurotypical mothers say they can cope with parental multitasking. Only 51% of autistic mothers say the same. 85% of neurotypical mothers say they can cope with all the domestic responsibilities of parenting compared with 47% of autistic mothers. Autistic mothers do not differ from neurotypical mothers in putting their children’s needs above their own.
News

Why autistic mothers may feel overwhelmed and undersupported

by  /  26 February 2020

Autistic mothers report having more anxiety and depression than neurotypical mothers do.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How normative modeling can reframe autism’s heterogeneity

by ,  /  25 February 2020

Normative modeling could capture variability among autistic people and allow for individualized assessments.

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Young black man in inpatient psychiatric care facility
News

Study points to racial disparities among hospitalized autistic children

by  /  24 February 2020

Black children with autism who are hospitalized for psychiatric problems are more impaired than their white peers. Socioeconomic factors may explain the difference.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
17th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Scientific jargon, savant social skills, impostor syndrome

by  /  21 February 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 17 February.

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iphone held up to crowd shows MRIs of people nearby
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why concern about facial recognition from brain scans is overblown

by  /  18 February 2020

Can brain scans, in the wrong hands, compromise research participants’ identity? The risk is minimal.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
10th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Neuronal interference, effects of trauma, sensory rooms

by  /  14 February 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 10 February.

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