Job services lacking for young people with autism As autism becomes more prevalent, the need grows for services that help young people with the disorder to find and keep jobs. Some 50,000 people with autism spectrum disorder turn 18 years old every year in the United States, and these "transition youth" -- shifting from high school to adulthood -- represent the largest group seeking vocational employment services in the growing autism population
Young adults with autism show improved social function following skills program A social skills program for high-functioning young adults with autism spectrum disorder significantly improved the participants' ability to engage with their peers.
Missing piece surfaces in the puzzle of autism A new gene that plays a crucial role during early development in humans and whose under-expression may induce certain autistic traits has been uncovered by scientists. Understanding the mechanisms that underlie autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which affect 7.6 million people is a major challenge. Characterized by heterogeneous symptoms and a multifactorial origin, this complex condition evolves during brain development. The scientists thus chose to study adult olfactory stem cells as indicators of the early stages of ontogenesis in order to determine new genes involved in this disease.
Autism: Transforming behavioral therapy with technology Using computer vision, signal processing and privacy protection, a doctoral student, along with electrical and computer engineering professors, have developed "MEBook," a combination of a social narrative and gaming system that psychologists and parents can use as behavioral therapies for autistic children.