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Increasing Support for Adults with Autism

Increasing support for adults with autismThe lion’s share of services for those affected by autism is directed at early intervention and those under the age of 21. A Philadelphia College has launched an initiative to address the increasing need for services for the adult population with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

“There is very little right now in terms of services when you reach 21”  says Paul Haughton, Ph.D., chief psychologist at CORA Services “We’re focusing on children, rightfully so, but as they move into adulthood and turn 21 it’s almost like they drop off a cliff in terms of organized systematic services for them.”

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African-American Children with Autism Diagnosed Later

A study by a Florida State University researcher has shown that African-American children receive a diagnosis of autism later than other children, which can negatively affect their treatment.

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Researchers find Uncommon Bacteria in Digestive System of Children with Autism

Researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University have found that an uncommon bacterium exists in the walls of intestines of children with autism, but not those who do not have autism.The study, led by Brent Williams, tested 23 tissue biopsy samples from children with autism and found that a large portion (12 of the 23) contained the bacteria belonging to the group Sutterella. Even so, the bacteria are generally uncommon, not being found in any of the tissue samples from  children without autism.

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Causes of Autism: Environmental Versus Genetic Factors

A recent study shows the causes of autism to be more environmentally influenced than previously thought.

“This is a very significant study because it confirms that genetic factors are involved in the cause of the disorder,” said Dr. Peter Szatmari, a leading autism researcher who is the head of child psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at McMaster University in Ontario. “But it shifts the focus to the possibility that environmental factors could also be really important.”

Little is known about the causes of autism and as recently as a few decades ago, psychiatrists thought autism was caused by a lack of maternal warmth. While it is currently thought that there are genetic explanations, there has been growing acceptance that genes do not paint the whole picture, partially because incidences of autism appear to be increasing faster than our genes can evolve.

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European Union Research Grant Awarded To University Of Haifa Research Team

Haifa Research Team Awarded Grant

Haifa Research Team Awarded Grant

From Medical News Today, The research team is headed by Prof. Kobi Rosenblum of the University of Haifa’s Department of Neurobiology and Ethology and has been awarded a grant of $815,000. A research team composed of 14 European groups, headed by Prof. Nils Brose of the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, has been awarded 11.9 million Euro, on behalf of the European Union, to study the role of synaptic proteins in neurological and psychiatric diseases. One of the research teams is headed by Prof. Kobi Rosenblum of the University of Haifa’s Department of Neurobiology and Ethology and has been awarded a grant of 600,000 Euro. The topic of the grant is “Synaptic protein networks in neurological and psychiatric disease.”

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Tax Strategies for Parents of Kids with Special Needs


Schwab Learning estimates that 15-30 percent of families with a special needs child have one or more unclaimed tax benefits. Are you one of these families???

April 15th - Tax Day

April 15th - Tax Day

From Talk About Curing Autism and Regina M. Levy, CPA.

Medical Expense Deductions
Many parents don’t realize that Learning Disabilities are considered a medical condition, as are other disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, etc. [Rev. ruling 78-340, 1978-2 C.C. 124]
Medical expenses are limited by 7.5% of Adjusted Gross Income, but some of the following out-of-pocket costs may cause you to exceed that limitation.

To read the list of tax deductions available to families of children with disabilities, click here.

Autism Strains Families’ Pocketbooks, Emotions

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The Financial Cost of Autism

From US News & World Report by Nancy Shute
Having a child with autism can be a huge financial strain, with 52 percent of parents saying the family’s finances are drained. Three quarters of parents of children with autism worry that their child won’t ever get a job or won’t have enough money to get by after the parents die. These sad numbers come from a new survey of 1,652 parents of children with autism up to age 30, as well as 917 parents with typically developing children. The survey was conducted by Easter Seals. “Normal” families weren’t nearly as stressed financially—just 13 percent of typical parents said child-rearing was draining their family’s resources, and 18 percent said they worry about who will provide for their children after they die.

Having a special needs child pretty much guarantees financial stress, whether it stems from paying for therapy that insurance doesn’t cover or from quitting work to provide care and drive children to therapy. “But every time we look at autism versus other disabilities, the disparity is greater,” says Patricia Wright, national director of autism services for Easter Seals, a Chicago-based organization that provides services for people with disabilities. She came by U.S. News’s offices today to talk about why autism feels different than other disabilities.

We have a pretty good idea how to accommodate physical disabilities—a person with a wheelchair needs a ramp, or a person who can’t see needs Braille signs. But with autism, the disability comes in communication and social skills. “Having a colleague that would never look me in the eye?” asks Wright. “Our society is not as accommodating.”

That social deficit can hurt parents, too. A child with cystic fibrosis can give parents the emotional connection that will help them get through the darkest days. A child with autism might not communicate those feelings. The answer, Wright thinks, is for parents of children with autism to start thinking beyond the struggles of the daily routine and starting thinking that yes, my child will go to college, yes, my child will get a job, and, yes, my child will have a meaningful role in society. “We know how to do these things,” Wright says. “We know how to get jobs for people with autism.” Starting in January, Easter Seals will be holding workshops around the country at which parents can learn how to make that happen. It’s time for those parents to hear that they can dream those dreams, too.