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Autistic Drivers Encounter Greater Challenges Behind The Wheel
2014-06-27 10:48:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders from Drexel University has found that individuals with autism self-report more challenges than non-autistic drivers. The study team described their results as an initial step in determining if adults with autism have unmet needs when it comes to driving a vehicle. “Previous research in my lab has included extensive research in driving capacity with people who have a...

2014-06-25 16:26:18

Annual autism fundraising campaign raises more than $3 million for Autism Speaks since 2010 COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- White Castle Cravers and team members raised more than $650,000 for Autism Speaks this spring by selling puzzle pieces in 400 restaurants in 12 states. The Castle Shares program continued its philanthropic commitment with a campaign that ran from April 1 through May 3, 2014. White Castle set a fundraising campaign record for the fifth straight...

2014-06-20 23:05:54

Hauppauge Fit Body Boot Camp invites the community for a day of fun, fitness and fundraising the non-profit Autism Speaks. (PRWEB) June 20, 2014 Ahmed and Kathleen Tafti, owners of the popular Huntington Fit Body Boot Camp, are excited about their expansion and grand opening of their new Hauppauge Fit Body Boot Camp location. They’re inviting everyone in the community, young and old, to help them celebrate in style with an event to benefit the non-profit group Autism Speaks. The event...

2014-06-17 23:08:14

Leading Autism Science and Advocacy Organization Will Use Information on Research Metrics to Understand Return on Investment of Funding Ipswich, Mass. (PRWEB) June 17, 2014 Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, has purchased PlumX™ to track the metrics on the research outputs that its funding has helped create. PlumX from Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company, will give Autism Speaks powerful and actionable information about the more than $200...

2014-06-12 23:04:25

Touchdown Communities offers safe and secure living and work environments, programs to foster ongoing growth and relationships, and sustainable and lasting options for home and work. Moorestown, NJ (PRWEB) June 12, 2014 Adults with autism and related developmental disorders will soon have a place to live, work, and socialize. Touchdown Communities (TDC), the brainchild of Moorestown’s Tim Downes, is in the process of purchasing a site for development in Burlington, N.J. at the...

2014-05-30 23:14:08

The 2nd Annual Go Blue or Go Home Autism Fundraiser Event witnessed a huge surge of benevolence and encouragement towards the cause of Autism. The event turned out to be a tremendous success with over $5000 raised during this fun and eventful get-together of families. (PRWEB) May 30, 2014 On April 12th, the Palisades Recreational Park rang with laughter and excitement generated by a long line-up of games, music, entertainment acts and events, and a delightful array of gulp-inducing...

2014-05-13 23:10:58

Young adults with Asperger’s and other Learning Differences volunteer for autism awareness groups. Pittsfield, MA (PRWEB) May 13, 2014 Rosten Murakami is a huge Oakland A’s baseball fan and was thrilled when he was recently invited to an A’s game sponsored by Autism Speaks. “We worked in a booth and talked to people about autism, and then we got to watch the Oakland A’s game,” Rosten commented. “I would definitely do this again, it’s a great community service idea,” he...

Autism Spectrum Disorder's Environmental Factors Are As Important As Genetics
2014-05-05 04:33:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While experts typically focus on genetic factors when analyzing the causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), new research appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found that environmental factors are equally as important. In the study, Dr. Sven Sandin of the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and colleagues from the US and UK set out to determine the heritability of autism and the risk among family...

2014-04-28 12:26:41

Ad features trio of BBDO clients to help communicate message: "Early Diagnosis Can Make a Lifetime of Difference" NEW YORK, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In an unprecedented move, BBDO New York has brought together three of its clients to help deliver a one-of-a-kind, onetime :60 commercial message designed to help raise awareness of autism and encourage parents to look for early signs. The "ad" is timed to debut at the end of April, which is Autism Awareness Month. The...

The Genetics Of Autism
2014-04-27 04:57:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Rare copy number variations (CNVs) are more common in families that are affected by autism, suggesting that this type of genetic testing could prove to be an important tool in the individualized diagnosis and treatment of the condition, researchers from the Autism Genome Project claim in a new study. In a report published in the April 24 edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics, the authors discuss the CNV testing of...


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