Adults

The Economic Impact of Autism on Families

Source: 
The Atlantic
Date Published: 
May 31, 2012
Abstract: 

Interesting article about the financial impacts of autism on American families from The Atlantic.

Autism Scientists Search for Help, for Their Own Kids' Sakes

Source: 
USA Today
Date Published: 
May 22, 2012
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The CDC now reports that 1 in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder. Yale autism researcher Dr. Kevin Pelphrey is only one of many scientists who have a child with autism.

Most Housing Complaints Disability Related

Source: 
Disability Scoop
Date Published: 
May 9, 2012
Abstract: 

It’s illegal to deny a person housing based upon their disability, but a new report suggests that such discrimination is common coast to coast.

IACC Releases Its 2011 Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research

Source: 
IACC
Date Published: 
April 2, 2012
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On April 2, in honor of the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day and HHS Autism Awareness Month the IACC has released its annual list of scientific advances that represent significant progress in the field.

Understanding Why Autistic People May Reject Social Touch

Source: 
Time Magazine
Date Published: 
March 20, 2012
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Now, a new study offers insight into why some people shrug off physical touches and how families affected by autism may learn to share hugs without overwhelming an autistic child’s senses.

Young Adults With Asperger Syndrome Frequently Suffer From Depression

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
March 7, 2012
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Given that almost 70% of young adults with Asperger syndrome have suffered from depression, it is vital that psychiatric care staff are aware of this so that patients are given the right treatment, reveals research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

New Report Examines Autism Needs for Patients and Families in Pennsylvania

Source: 
Health News
Date Published: 
January 28, 2012
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Results were released yesterday from the Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment, which includes feedback from 3,500 Pennsylvania caregivers and adults with autism, making it the largest study of its kind in the nation.

Autism Hidden in Plain Sight

Source: 
LA Times
Date Published: 
December 16, 2011
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As more children are diagnosed with autism, researchers are trying to find unrecognized cases of the disorder in adults. The search for the missing millions is just beginning.

Repetitive behaviors in adults with Autism Spectrum disorders significantly lessen with antidepressant treatment

Source: 
MedicalXpress
Date Published: 
December 5, 2011
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Restricted, repetitive behavior, such as compulsive arranging and rigid adherence to routines, is a defining symptom of autism spectrum disorders. A 12-week study showed that the antidepressant fluoxetine produced a greater decrease in repetitive behaviors and more overall improvement than placebo in adults with autism spectrum disorders.

Autism Spectrum Disorders in Older Adults: Toward Defining a Research Agenda

Source: 
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Date Published: 
November 2011
Year Published: 
2011

Relatively little is known about older adults with autism spectrum disorder – few studies have been done to determine how behaviors and symptoms change over time, how aging may impact people with ASD differently, and whether findings in children and young adults with ASD generalize to the older adult population. Based on current estimates, by 2030 there will be approximately 700,000 adults with ASD over the age of 65. Much work must be done to identify the unique service needs of this group and ensure that adequate long-term care options exist. To address the lack of knowledge about older adults with ASD, a multidisciplinary group convened in March 2010 to begin defining a research agenda to address the needs of the population. The group defined six research priorities, the first of which was the need for diagnostic criteria and instruments to identify individuals based on adult symptom profiles. Based on findings from a recent study in England, rates of autism appear to be relatively similar across generations suggesting that there is a large group of older adults with ASD who have gone undiagnosed. Second, the group noted the need for studies characterizing symptoms, behaviors, and co-occurring conditions in adults, as well as available services and supports. Other priorities include the need for longitudinal research to study lifespan trajectories, neurobiological research to study how the autistic brain ages, and studies of different types of interventions for use with older adults on the spectrum. Finally, the group indentified the need to support training that would attract young researchers and clinicians to the emerging field of aging and autism. These proposed priorities should begin to answer questions about autism and aging in an effort to address individual needs and gauge its potential impact on the healthcare system and society.

--IACC 2011 Summary of Advances in ASD Research