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

April 2020
Researcher talking on phone and working on computer at home.
News

Autism researchers adapt studies for a socially distant world

by  /  30 April 2020

Locked out of labs during the coronavirus pandemic, scientists are moving their investigations to virtual and online formats, a shift that may bring lasting changes to autism research.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How to help autistic children cope with pandemic lockdowns

by  /  28 April 2020

Sheltering in place is especially hard for autistic children who dread changes in routine and who may have learned to repress their ways of managing stress. Here are tips to help them cope.

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anti vaccine protesters
Opinion

How anti-vaccine activists are using COVID-19 to boost their movement

by ,  /  28 April 2020

While most of the world hungers for a vaccine to put an end to the death and economic destruction wrought by COVID-19, some anti-vaccine groups are joining anti-lockdown protesters to challenge restrictions aimed at protecting public health.

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News

Remote diagnosis, support could aid families during lockdown

by  /  27 April 2020

Cut off from clients by the pandemic, clinicians are turning to video conferencing and other technologies to diagnose children with autism.

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Family inside house--boy is having a meltdown--parents are watching and mom is making a call for advice or support.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Coronavirus tool kit may aid families with autistic children during lockdown

by ,  /  21 April 2020

To help families cope with the sudden loss of professional support during the pandemic, one team in France has created a set of resources and information.

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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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