April is National Autism Awareness Month – a time when we come together as a community to recognize the contributions and needs of individuals on the autism spectrum, and renew our commitment to provide supports and opportunities that will help them succeed. This is a good time to take stock of what has been accomplished in the past year for both science and services related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It has been a busy and exciting year. Read More
On August 8, President Obama signed into law the Autism CARES Act (for Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support). The law ensures the continued work of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), but it also brings new opportunities to focus attention on an area of concern for many parents—what happens when their children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) mature into adulthood?
Autism Awareness Month arrives this year with a package of new, important research findings. Below I describe a few of these. The field is moving so rapidly that, by the end of April, there will likely be yet a new crop of findings—so this is, at best, a progress report for the beginning of Autism Awareness Month.