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A selection of stories from major news organisations and sites specialising in Autism and related subjects.

Autismspeaks.org: Lovesac Partners with Autism Speaks

Autismspeaks.org: Lovesac Partners with Autism Speaks

Lovesac launches ‘Share The Comfort’ campaign aimed at enhancing the lives of people affected by autism spectrum disorder

April 20, 2018

Lovesac, the Connecticut-based, fast growing home furnishing brand, is partnering with Autism Speaks to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, while adding a little extra comfort to

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Thesun.co.uk: What is autism, what are the signs and symptoms in children, what does being on the spectrum mean and what is high functioning?

Thesun.co.uk: What is autism, what are the signs and symptoms in children, what does being on the spectrum mean and what is high functioning?

AUTISM spectrum disorder is a condition which can affect a person’s communication skills and social interaction.

Here’s everything you need to know about traits of people with ASD and the support which is available in the UK.

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is three to four times more common

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News-medical.net: Rare variants in non-coding DNA inherited from parents heighten autism risk

News-medical.net: Rare variants in non-coding DNA inherited from parents heighten autism risk

April 20, 2018

In recent years, researchers have firmly established that gene mutations appearing for the first time, called de novo mutations, contribute to approximately one-third of cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In a new study, an international team led by scientists at University of California San Diego School

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Dailymail.co.uk: Soundproof rooms, special lighting, aesthetic gardens and classes with just eight students: Inside Australia's first-ever school for children with autism

Dailymail.co.uk: Soundproof rooms, special lighting, aesthetic gardens and classes with just eight students: Inside Australia's first-ever school for children with autism

A specifically designed school for autistic children is opening on the Gold CoastJosiah College has been built to reflect the latest research around autism The school boasts special LED lighting, fans, quieter air con and dark areas 16 students are currently enrolled and it costs $6,480.00 a semester to attend

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Washingtonpost.com: Hans Asperger, hailed for autism research, may have sent child patients to be killed by Nazis

Washingtonpost.com: Hans Asperger, hailed for autism research, may have sent child patients to be killed by Nazis

Hans Asperger, front row, right, with his medical colleagues in Vienna in 1933. (MedUni Wien/Josephinum)

His medical assessment was grim.

The child, not yet 3, showed signs of mental and physical impairment after an illness that caused inflammation in the brain, he said.

“Severe personality disorder,” Austrian pediatrician and child psychologist Hans

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Independent.co.uk: I am autistic – and after the news about Hans Asperger, I think it's time the condition was renamed

Independent.co.uk: I am autistic – and after the news about Hans Asperger, I think it's time the condition was renamed

News has emerged about the sordid details of the work carried out by Hans Asperger, the eminent doctor, who is reported to have sent disabled children to their death under Nazi rule. A new study claims that Asperger actively recommended that children should be sent to their deaths at Spiegelgrund,

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Sciencedaily.com: Gene variant increases empathy-driven fear in mice

Sciencedaily.com: Gene variant increases empathy-driven fear in mice

Researchers at the Center for Cognition and Sociality, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), have just published in Neuron about a genetic variant that controls and increases empathy-driven fear in mice. As empathy is evolutionarily conserved from rodents to humans, this finding might contribute to clarify individual variability in

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Newscientist.com: Augmented reality glasses help kids with autism relate to others

Newscientist.com: Augmented reality glasses help kids with autism relate to others

Augmented reality glasses can illuminate interactions with other people

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A smart glasses app may help children with autism to focus on and interact with other people by overlaying bullseye targets and cartoons on their faces. The idea is that this will make interactions more entertaining,

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Spectrumnews.org: Some mutations tied to autism may be passed down from fathers

Spectrumnews.org: Some mutations tied to autism may be passed down from fathers

Small risk: Mutations passed down from fathers are likely to account for only about 1 percent of autism cases.

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Some children with autism carry rare mutations in DNA segments that flank genes and control their expression — and they tend to inherit these mutations from their unaffected fathers,

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Nytimes.com: Nazi Links of Hans Asperger, Autism Research Pioneer, Prompt Consternation

Nytimes.com: Nazi Links of Hans Asperger, Autism Research Pioneer, Prompt Consternation

A new study has shed more light on the revelations that Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician for whom a form of autism is named, had collaborated with the Nazis and actively assisted in the killing of disabled children.

Published on Wednesday in the journal Molecular Autism by the medical historian Herwig

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Yahoo.com: Local Leaders and Families Are Gearing Up for a “Roaring Good Time” to Empower and Include San Diego's Autism Community

Yahoo.com: Local Leaders and Families Are Gearing Up for a “Roaring Good Time” to Empower and Include San Diego's Autism Community

Include Autism’s Gatsby Gala will raise crucial funds for local San Diego nonprofit’s programs.

SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Community leaders will join together on Saturday, May 19th to raise awareness and funds for local autism inclusion programs at Include Autism’s Gatsby Gala. 1 in 68 children are now diagnosed

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