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Every day there is more and more written about living with disabilities. Our concentration is on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with an emphasis on Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Since the inception of our Website, we have felt the importance of sifting through all the information out there and providing you, our visitors, with synopsis and links to articles that, in our judgment, you may find helpful.

Recently, we have also added a page – Books in our Library – that you might find helpful. All of the books have been donated to our organization. We present them to you with summaries culled from book-seller sites that do not necessarily reflect our opinions.

You may also want to check out our Watercooler blog written for and by people with Asperger’s Syndrome or by people who love them.

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eyeEye ‘jumps’ in autistic people may be especially fleeting (Spectrum News)- Neorotypical people shift their gaze to take in all the details of a given scene, but many people on the Autism Spectrum have difficulty in this department. This may account for autistic people’s difficulty reading social cues says Jonathan Moens, the author of this interesting article.

The findings may challenge the prevailing view that autistic people avoid looking at social stimuli, such as faces, because they have low social motivation. Instead, the investigators say, eye-movement problems may interfere with autistic people’s ability to shift their attention fluidly to social stimuli….

A lack of eye-movement coordination and flexibility could hinder social interactions in childhood and contribute to core autism traits, such as the tendency to avoid eye contact, says Johan Lundin Kleberg, a clinical psychologist and postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden….

Nico Bast, head of clinical research at Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany, theorizes that people with autism have perception difficulties no matter what the stimuli. In other words people on the Autism Spectrum respond to any stimuli be it a person or scenery “that are far away from the current focus of attention,” the same way.

Ashley KimNeurodiverse Housing, with Ashley Kim | EDB 210 (Different Brains)- Housing for neurodiverse adults is not often addressed but is a major issue. Different Brains presents a video and audio recording of a discussion between Ashley Kim of Elevare Community of Los Angeles, that provides supportive housing and services for adults with special needs, and Harold “Hackie” Reitman, M.D., founder of Different Brains. There is also a full transcript of the conversation.

[A]s a housing person, I try to focus more on the local issues because housing challenges of building housing are very localized, as well as you know, nationwide. But I try to learn from great models all over the country, you know. At first, I started out looking at some great models in California. And when I realized after so many other great teachers out there, I started traveling and reaching out to these communities and we do a lot of advocacy work together. So, in the process I’ve learned a lot from my teachers. So, what I’m sharing today is nothing that I came up with. It’s all something that I am shamelessly copying from others….

[T]hose type of arrangements [mixed-use communities] are very ideal for individuals that are fairly independent. But in many ways, families and individuals that I meet require a lot more of attention to care and while those type of arrangements could work for some individuals, others may not be. And so, for me when I see the type of housing that works beautifully are, you know communities that have what’s called “Continuum of Care models.” So, an individual can actually be fairly independent at a certain point but as they age, their needs change. You know, these types of communities actually have a variety of options available so that that person would never have to leave that community but continue to be a part of them, they’re you know, connected community that there (sic) a part of.

IEP & AutismIEP and Autism (my)-Most autism parents with a child in public school will find themselves figuring out an IEP (Individualized Education Program) – a plan with school officials for the child to receive specialized instruction and services which can be an exhausting job for a parent.Education Programs(IEPs) are one of the top 10 topics most discussed on MyAutismTeam. People talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles.

Dentist & AutismDentist Visits and Autism (my)-Children with autism may be uncomfortable at the dentist because it is a new situation, they have to sit very still, or they are afraid of the tools or drill. But preparing children ahead of time can ease some anxiety. Learning tips and tricks from parents who have been there can help you make your child more comfortable at the dentist.

Doctors & AutismDoctors and Autism (my)-There are also a variety of doctors who can prescribe them, like pediatricians, developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, specialists, and naturopathic doctors. So, there is no one “right” type of doctor.Here are types of doctors described by Dr. Todd Levine, an Autism expert.

FeverFever’s immune effect on brain may ease autism traits (SPECTRUM)-An immune molecule produced during a fever improves sociability in three mouse models of autism. The findings may explain why fevers have sometimes been reported to temporarily improve autistic children’s behavior. The findings also hint at the prospect of a targeted therapy that could harness fever’s benefits without its harmful side effects.

Hot topicsFive hot topics in autism research in 2019 (SPECTRUM)-This year, researchers unearthed clues to the causes of autism — and how to treat it —from a variety of sources. Here are the year’s top five topics in autism research: Brain makers, Matters of the heart, Gut reactions, Opportune moments and Errors in detection.

Early life experienceEarly life experiences may shift severity of autism (SPECTRUM)-A child’s environment exerts a strong influence on the severity of her autism, according to a study of 78 pairs of identical twins in which at least one twin has autism. The results suggest that having a brain condition makes children more susceptible to random events that occur early in life.

Adolescence & AnxietyAdolescent anxiety predicts later psychiatric diagnoses in autistic people (SPECTRUM)-The Swedish study found that anxiety is predictive of these other conditions regardless of an autism diagnosis. The findings suggest that clinicians should consider the full range of an autistic person’s traits instead of that the associations with the greatest magnitude are due to neurodevelopmental [conditions] in childhood.

sleepWhat’s the connection between autism and sleep? (SPECTRUM)-Here’s what researchers know so far about the causes and consequences of — and treatments for — sleep problems in autism. Sleep problems are common in children with autism. People with autism tend to have insomnia with 15 percent of their sleeping time in the rapid eye movement (REM) stage. Melatonin supplements, insomnia drugs for adults such as Ambien, and a regular sleeping habit can help a lot.

Autism SpeaksAutism Speaks Revenue Surges (Disability Scoop) -“For 2018, Autism Speaks said it spent $19.6 million on employee compensation and benefits. The group’s president, Angela Geiger, took home over $642,000, more than double the earnings of any other executive at the organization.”

Lyft & the DisabledLyft Offering Rides To Job Seekers With Disabilities (Disability Scoop)-In an effort to help people with disabilities access job training and get hired, Lyft’s Jobs Access Program will provide complementary or lower-cost rides to individuals with disabilities and other targeted groups in more than 35 markets across the U.S. and Canada.

Online Matching ServiceOnline Matching Service Pairs Adult Roommates With Developmental Disabilities (Disability Scoop) -One of the biggest fears for parents of adults with disabilities is what will happen to their loved ones when caregivers die. Blanton started the company’s roommate matching service in 2013 to help families find compatible roommates for their children with autism and other developmental disabilities.Another company in Minnesota created a roommate matching service in 2018 to pair people with disabilities with typically-developing caregivers

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