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

March 2020
Week of MarchMar
9th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Sleep problems, social comfort, police training

by  /  13 March 2020

A roundup of news and research for the week of 9 March.

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Illustration shows classroom scene with adults learning about relationships and sex.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why adults with autism need sex education

by  /  13 March 2020

Too few students with autism or intellectual disabilities have sex education. That omission may prevent them from forming fulfilling romantic relationships, and it may make them targets of abuse.

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a grid of scientific journals including Cell
News

Many science journals have unclear policies on preprints, peer review

by  /  11 March 2020

Most research journals have unclear policies for many aspects of their publishing process.

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many hands reaching for and sharing papers
News

Preprints of autism research, explained

by  /  11 March 2020

Over the past decade, biologists have increasingly been posting their research results on preprint servers, ahead of the results’ publication in traditional scientific journals.

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Week of MarchMar
2nd
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Robots, brain pathways, dating apps

by  /  6 March 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 2 March.

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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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