Cuts on autism program taking its toll on children with autism in Illinois

Springfield, Ill. — The statewide cutbacks that affect the fundings intended for The Autism Program in Illinois is taking its toll on the ones who are supposed to benefit from the program — the children with autism. The current state budget impasse in Illinois saw non-profit organizations dependent on the state funding nearly paralyzed as […]

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Raises $140,000

Manchester, N.H. — Over 900 people walked for Autism Speaks Sunday at the Southern New Hampshire University in an effort to raise funds for the organization’s projects that are geared towards autism research as well as providing numerous services to children with autism spectrum disorder, and their families. Families from both Vermont and Maine gathered […]

Study says spontaneous rare mutations in genes responsible for half of autism cases

Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. — A team of researchers from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York found a genetic analysis that supports prediction that about half of autism cases involve spontaneous rare mutations in genes— rather than several common mutations that, collectively, inflict devastating effects to an individual, as commonly believed by many. […]

CrossFit 8 Mile Hosts Lift Up Autism

Livonia, Mich. — A crossfit gym in Livonia, Mich. is hosting ‘Lift Up Autism’ to raise funds for the Roosevelt ASD program of the Roosevelt Elementary School and the national autism research. The fundraiser also hopes to help local ASD programs in the city. Couples Nick and Monica Carignan, who are co-owners at the CrossFit […]

Australia establishes first autism biobank

Brisbane, Australia — Australia has just established its first-ever large scale autism biobank. The country’s biggest autism biobank was established in hopes of helping researchers develop an earlier and more accurate diagnosis for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Cooperative Centre for Living with Autism Chairwoman Judy Brewer said they hope to lessen the time […]

Chess club for autistic and gifted children comes fourth in Tasmanian state wide competition

Tasmania, Australia – A chess club which started last year for autistic and gifted children becomes one of the largest chess club for kids in Australia. Each year 200 of Tasmania’s best junior chess players compete against each other and test their skills. The state wide tournament is usually attended by schools but this year […]

Pioneering centre serving the adult autistic community in Cambridge opens

The doors of a new pioneering centre,  named after the late wife of  Nirma Sethia, located in Cambridge, UK  opened it doors.  At a cost of £1.5m ,the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre has been made possible thanks to the Autism Research Trust (ART) and the National Autistic Society (NAS) who received a grant from the N Sethia Foundation to […]

New Technology Analyzes Babies’ Cries – Could Detect Autism

An innovative team of researchers from Brown University and the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has invented a computer-based tool to analyze the cries of babies. This team from the United States hopes their creation will provide a new way to identify heath problems in infants, such as neurological problems, developmental disorders, and […]

Diuretic Drug Treatment for Autism: Bumetanide May Overpromise

 “Bumetanide”- a drug that was used for treating high blood pressure  can help an autistic child to show overall improvement in behaviors. The findings of the research are published in the December 2012 issue of Translational Psychiatry. The parents whose children underwent the treatment claimed that they have seen positive changes in the behavior of their […]

Mom teams up with bikers to raise funds for autism – w/video

Lee County, Ala. — A mother of a child with autism has been taking strides trying to raising funds in hopes of helping find a cure for autism. When Luanne Helms first found out that her son, Jake, has autism, she scoured the internet to find out everything about the developmental disorder, hoping to find […]