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

April 2020
woman and man preparing food in a kitchen.
News

Autistic people report poor health, low life satisfaction

by  /  10 April 2020

Autistic children and adults report having poor physical and mental health and quality of life compared with the general population.

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News

U.S. funding agency offers researchers flexibility during pandemic

by  /  7 April 2020

The National Institutes of Health is offering autism researchers who are coping with the coronavirus pandemic flexibility with their grant applications, budgets and progress reports.

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

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.
News

‘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.

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March 2020
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.

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a green head has a "top" that is red--and a hand is lifting the top to let steam out.
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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Assortment of journal covers.
News

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
News

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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