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.



National News

Special Ed, Disability Programs Spared In Government Budget Deal
Disability Scoop – The federal government will increase funding for special education and allocate money to address the needs of caregivers as part of a spending bill that’s expected to be signed by President Donald Trump.

Sam’s Peer Group In ‘Atypical’ Season 2 Is Comprised Of 8 Budding Actors With Autism
Bustle – Atypical Season 2 features eight young actors with autism, who’ll play some of Sam’s new friends, and a Netflix featurette shares some of their stories.

Naoki Higashida’s Autism Book ‘The Reason I Jump’ to Be Made a Film
The Mighty – Based on a memoir written by a then-13-year-old Naoki Higashida, who lives with autism, the documentary will be co-produced by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen’s company Vulcan Productions.

At the Intersection of Autism and Trauma
Spectrum – Autism and post-traumatic stress disorder share many traits, but the connection between them was largely overlooked until now




Scientists Look to Identify Ways to Increase Early Detection of Autism in Infants
Harvard Graduate School of Education– As a possible pathway to earlier diagnosis, Choi is examining forms of communication, specifically hand gestures.

Charting One Cell at a Time, Scientists Reveal Brain’s Vast Diversity
Spectrum – How many cell types exist in the brain? Two new mouse studies bring scientists a step closer to the answer.

Scientists Reverse a Sensory Impairment in Mice with Autism
UCLA Newsroom – Using a genetic technique that allows certain neurons in the brain to be switched on or off, UCLA scientists reversed a sensory impairment in mice with symptoms of autism, enabling them to learn a sensory task as quickly as healthy mice.



What Helped Me as an Autistic Student
The Mighty – I write from my own experiences in what I remember being most helpful in my earliest school years.

Tips for Making Homework Easier
Autism Spectrum Therapies – Homework is a task that few (if any!) kids enjoy, and children with autism can especially have trouble with such assignments. Fortunately there are several strategies to help your child stay focused.

Library Gets in Touch with Kids with Autism
County News Center – A simple suggestion from a parent at the La Mesa Branch Library has initiated a new program for kids with autism.



LA Found Tracker Helps Find Missing People with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Autism
ABC 7 – Los Angeles County officials launched new technology to make it easier to find people who wander away from home.

‘Social Robots’ Show Promise As Autism Intervention
Disability Scoop – Children with autism could see meaningful social skills gains from working with an interactive robot at home, researchers say.

Cornell Tech Startup to Help Kids with Autism Raises $1.13M
Cornell Chronicle – A startup founded at Cornell Tech digitizing the way teachers chart autistic children’s progress has raised $1.13 million in venture capital and will work with more than a dozen clinic chains and autism schools in the coming year.


Teens & Adults

No Label At The Table: Mom Starts Bakery to Help Son and Others with Autism Fulfill Dreams
The Autism Site – When Shelly Henley’s son, Jacob, turned 18, she sat him down with his entire support team and all his friends and family to figure out what he wanted to do with the rest of his life and how they could help make that happen for him.

Living With Mom And Dad May Impede Access To Autism Services 
Disability Scoop – As more children with autism enter adulthood, new research finds that residing with family may predict more than anything how much access they have to services.