IACC Advisory Panel Releases First Federal Strategic Plan for Autism Research

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a federal government advisory panel, has released its first blueprint for autism research. The IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research will advise federal agencies and Congress on needs and opportunities for research...

Creative Approach to Job Development Pays Off at Chapel Haven

When Ed Carney first started as director of job development at Chapel Haven, he spent his first months on the job pounding the pavement, trying to get local employers to hire Chapel Haven clients. “No sooner would we place an individual in a job then we would find out that the individual did...

Autism Speaks Offers 100 Day Kit for Families

Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization, is offering families of children newly diagnosed with autism a “100 Day Kit”, a personalized resource to assist families in getting through the critical time following an autism diagnosis. In addition to receiving the contents of...

Autism and Culture: An International Perspective – An Interview with Dr. Roy Richard Grinker

Recently, Autism Spectrum News spoke with anthropologist and author Roy Richard Grinker, PhD about his fascinating research on autism in other cultures and his thoughts about the view that there is an epidemic of autism. Dr. Grinker is Professor of Anthropology and the Human Sciences at the George...

Autism’s False Prophets – Dr. Paul Offit Speaks Candidly about Childhood Vaccines with Autism Spectrum News

Autism Spectrum News recently sat down with Dr. Paul Offit, author of the newly released book “Autism’s False Prophets” and Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The book examines the theory that vaccines cause autism and the cottage industry of...

Columbia University Study Refutes Connection Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

In a case-control study, the presence of measles virus RNA was no more likely in children with autism and GI disturbances than in children with only GI disturbances. Furthermore, GI symptom and autism onset were unrelated to MMR vaccine timing. Study findings are reported online in the Public...

Doctor Thomas Insel Speaks with Autism Spectrum News

Autism Spectrum News had the unique opportunity to interview Thomas R. Insel, MD. Dr. Insel is the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institutes of Health. We are delighted to present Dr. Insel and his candid discussion on the subject of autism. Q: Dr. Insel,...