Welcome to our All Autism News series! Whether you’re a parent, advocate, professional in the field or individual with autism, All Autism News is here to give you a summary of this past month’s biggest news stories affecting the autism community.

 

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National News

Colorado Springs restaurant ordering AI company finds ideal fit for workers on the autism spectrum
Denver Post – Anna is on the autism spectrum and is part of a pilot program designed specifically for people on the spectrum. 

 

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Research

Rethinking repetitive behaviors in autism
Spectrum – Autistic people have long maintained that repetitive behaviors are beneficial. Emerging evidence in support of this idea is shaping new therapies.

New Autism Study: Gluten-free Diet Does Not Help Autistic Children
Forbes – Parents of autistic children are constantly seeking new treatments. Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a developmental disorder that causes problems in social interaction and communication, ranging from mild to severe.

For Some Children With Autism, Dance Is a Form of Expression
The New York Times – Researchers are studying how movement helps children with special needs improve social communication and motor skills.

How a baby’s cry can predict autism
Boston Globe – Many new parents watch eagerly to see if their child is hitting developmental milestones, poring over parenting books and consulting doctors at the smallest hint of difficulty.

 

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Teens & Adults

Man with Autism Opens His Own Coffee Shop After Struggling to Find a Job: ‘It’s Just a Beacon of Hope’
People – When Michael Coyne, a Special Olympics of Rhode Island athlete with autism, had trouble finding employment in his hometown, he started his very own business to help others like him.

Finding a Delicate Balance for My Son on the Autism Spectrum
Yahoo – My son was diagnosed with autism when he was 5 and had just started kindergarten.

I’m No Doctor, but My Sister Definitely Has Autism
The New York Times – Our advice columnist explains to a reader the trouble with armchair diagnoses.

Heartwarming moment a little boy with Down’s syndrome comforts his autistic classmate with a HUGE hug
Daily Mail – A little boy with Down’s syndrome was filmed comforting his autistic classmate with an adorable hug.