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April 2nd  is World Autism Awareness Day, which kicks off Autism Awareness Month: one day short of a full awareness month because April Fool’s Day on April 1st precedes it. That awkward and unfortunate organization unintentionally mirrors the often awkward and unfortunate attributes of the disorder we are trying to educate the world about. A […]

Recent Study Shows Children with Autism Viewed as Less Friendly by Peers

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First impressions matter: whether you are looking at facial expressions, gestures, or just general appearance, people are quick to form judgments about others. Many researchers have studied nonverbal expressivity, or the human ability to express internal emotions or feelings without using verbal language. Facial expressions are a key form of nonverbal communication, especially in making […]

Hopes for an Autism-Detecting Blood Test

Researchers at the JC Self Research Institute of the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) have reported an exciting new finding that may allow for earlier diagnosis of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), as well as a clearer understanding of the disorder. Their study found that individuals with ASDs showed significantly decreased metabolism of the amino […]

Fundraising That Helps Your Autism Programs, Too!

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Beads for a Cause™ designs quality, cause-conscious jewelry that represent charities that are most meaningful to you. Beads like this “I See You” design symbolize a person’s commitment to autism awareness, research, education and inclusion, while a percentage of sales goes directly toward those efforts by The Autism Research Foundation. Use this bead to fundraise […]

Measles Surge in Britain after Autism Related Vaccine Scare

Last year, the United Kingdom had a record breaking 2,000 cases of measles. The U.K. has already reported more than 1,200 cases in 2013 thus far. The country now ranks second in Europe for the highest occurrence of this contagious disease, falling only behind Romania. This is a dangerous, life-threatening sickness that can easily be eliminated with […]

Spotlight on Lumosity: Potential Benefits for Individuals with Disorders such as ASD

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If you’ve checked out Apple iTunes Store’s educational gaming category, chances are you’ve heard of Lumosity. Lumosity’s mobile app, downloaded more than 10 million times, is often located at the very top of this educational gaming category. With over 40 million members joining Lumosity.com, this “brain training” program is gaining national popularity. Lumosity was founded in […]

Grandfather’s Age May Play a Role in Autism

Research findings suggest that a grandfather’s age may increase their grandchildren’s risk for developing autism. There has been an established correlation between paternal age and increased risk, yet this study — Autism Risk Across Generations: A Population-Based Study of Advancing Grandpaternal and Paternal Age– implies that the effect can accumulate if both father and grandfather wait to […]

Gaze Shifting Testing for Earlier ASD Diagnosis

As mentioned in a previous blog post, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now estimates roughly 1 in 50 school-aged children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  This estimated increase in ASD prevalence suggests that steps are being taken to improve diagnosis of the disorder. ASD is not generally diagnosed until after three years of age, yet […]

10 Reasons to Donate

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Hi Friends, Our online community has asked our staff to provide ten (10) reasons for why people should donate to The Autism Research Foundation this holiday season. Is it cliche to say that the hardest part of this challenge was narrowing down our reasons to such a short list? Well, it was! Here is our […]

Theory of Mind in Autism

A few months ago our staff attended The Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC. While there, a speaker named Diana Tamir presented her research on theory of mind in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Tamir says, “theory of mind — the capacity to infer others’ mental states — is crucial for the […]