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A 'Nationally Recognized Protocol,' an Autistic Teen's Death

Was it appropriate to use 'prone restraint' in this situation?

(Newser) - A private California school has had its certification suspended and an investigation is underway after an incident last month that left a special needs teen dead. The Sacramento Bee reports on what's said to have transpired Nov. 28 at Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills, when a 13-year-old... More »

He'll Play for Kent State, in What's an NCAA First

Kalin Bennett signs letter of intent, would be first autistic student to play at Division I level

(Newser) - Kalin Bennett is 6-foot-10, weighs 300 pounds, and has proven to be a force on the basketball court throughout his high school playing days in Little Rock, Ark. No surprise, then, that he's signed a letter of intent to play Division I basketball with Kent State. But as Cleveland.... More »

Dad's Alleged Role in Kids' Deaths 'Shocks the Conscience'

Ali Elmezayen faces fraud charges given insufficient evidence of murder

(Newser) - What at first appeared to be a tragic accident is now labeled a "coldhearted scheme." Two children, ages 8 and 13, died on April 9, 2015, when the car their father was driving sped off a Los Angeles wharf and sank. Ali Elmezayen, whose window was open, quickly... More »

Men Are From Mars (Logic), Women From Venus (Empathy)

Cambridge scientists reinforce old stereotypes; critics pounce on 'neurosexism'

(Newser) - In what's said to be the largest study examining differences between the sexes, a longtime stereotype is holding some water—though critics are pushing back on the supposed biological merit underlying the results. The Telegraph reports that researchers at the University of Cambridge tested more than 670,000 people... More »

'Angry' About Customer Complaint, Eatery Owner Puts Up a Sign

Amanda Cartagine didn't take kindly to the gripe about her special-needs staff

(Newser) - A customer at a chain pizza restaurant in South Carolina didn't like that his lettuce bowl wasn't getting refilled the way he wanted, and the owner of that eatery pushed back in the most "bless your heart" way possible. The reason behind the commotion: The customer at... More »

Illicit Transit Worker Claims Mental Defect

Darius McCollum has been arrested for impersonating a transit worker 30 times

(Newser) - A man who has been arrested 30 times for impersonating a New York City transit worker, stealing buses and trains and driving their routes, has taken a plea deal that's sending him to a mental health facility, not prison, for his latest escapade. Darius McCollum had been charged with... More »

Study Finds Link Between Fever in Moms, Autism in Kids

Fever during pregnancy may increase odds of autism diagnosis in kids

(Newser) - In a study of nearly 100,000 Norwegian children, those whose mothers reported having a fever or two at some point during their pregnancy were 1.3 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to a report published Tuesday in Molecular Psychiatry . Medical News Today reports... More »

New Hope for Diagnosing Autism in Babies

Scientists used brain scans to ID babies who would develop autism

(Newser) - One of the great mysteries of autism is predicting which children will develop the condition, Gizmodo reports. But scientists at UNC Chapel Hill have now used brain scans to predict with near pinpoint accuracy whether babies as young as 6 months would develop autism by age 2. Two is the... More »

Why Minnesota's Measles Outbreak Could Get Even Worse

Somali-Americans avoiding vaccines due to unfounded fears of autism

(Newser) - The Minnesota Department of Health has identified 34 cases so far in a measles outbreak, with a University of Minnesota infectious disease expert worried it's leading to a "gas-and-match situation" that will result in more cases and possibly even deaths, NPR reports. What health officials are worried may... More »

Smoking While Pregnant May Harm Your Future Grandkids

Assuming you give birth to a female

(Newser) - If you're looking for another reason to just say no to cigarettes, researchers are offering up more evidence that the habit has negative repercussions—not just for the smoker, and not just for the smoker's children, but for the smoker's grandchildren, too. Coming on the heels of... More »

Sesame Street's Newest Character Is a First

'Julia' has autism

(Newser) - Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes—and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, often the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is one of the gang,... More »

Grandma Knows Best, Even When Spotting Autism

Grandmothers tend to notice signs of autism before parents, study finds

(Newser) - Parents, it turns out, aren't necessarily the first to spot signs of autism in their children. Close friends and grandparents—and especially grandmothers—are consistently helpful in getting earlier diagnoses, researchers report in the journal Autism . After surveying nearly 500 parents of children with autism, and then following that... More »

Lawsuit: Autistic Boy Drowned as Lifeguard Used Computer

Mom seeks $100K from Chicago Board of Education

(Newser) - As a special education class splashed in a swimming pool at a high school in Chicago, the lifeguard who was supposed to be on duty was using a computer in a nearby office, according to a lawsuit. That's just one reason Yolanda Juarez believes her 14-year-old son drowned. In... More »

Scientists May Be Able to Spot Autism in Infants

Research could lead to new therapies to treat the disorder earlier in children

(Newser) - Promising new research may make it possible to detect autism in babies before symptoms appear. Researchers scanned the brains of infants with autistic siblings considered at high risk of developing the disorder themselves. They report in the journal Nature that brain changes identified in MRIs of infants allowed them to... More »

De Niro Making News Again Over Vaccines

Supports $100K reward offered for proof of debunked link to autism

(Newser) - Despite once expressing a desire to punch him, Robert De Niro now says he's open to working President Trump—at least indirectly—on exploring the debunked link between autism and vaccines, the Washington Post reports. "If he does the right thing, he does the right thing," the... More »

Parents Building a Neighborhood Just for Autistic Adults

Community is going up on 29 acres near Dallas

(Newser) - For years, the parents of a boy on the high-needs end of the autism spectrum have been brainstorming what to do when he enters adulthood. When he was a pre-teen, they hit on the idea of a housing complex designed specifically for adults with autism, and now that he's... More »

'Vaccine Conspiracy Theorist' to Maybe Head Trump Vaccine Commission

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with Trump on Tuesday

(Newser) - An "outspoken vaccine conspiracy theorist" says he's been tapped by Donald Trump to "chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity," the Atlantic reports. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with Trump on Tuesday, saying Trump, like himself, "has some doubts about the current vaccine... More »

Internet Helps Dad Find Special Sippy Cup for Autistic Son

Even the cup manufacturer gets involved

(Newser) - Faced with the pending demise of his autistic son's beloved sippy cup, Marc Carter turned to the internet in hopes of finding a replica of the out-of-production vessel—the only one 14-year-old Ben will drink from, reports Mashable . And come through the internet did: Before long, dozens of cups... More »

Football Star Sees Autistic Kid Eating Alone, Swoops in

Feel all the feels, thanks to FSU's Travis Rudolph

(Newser) - When Leah Paske got a message from a friend Tuesday that said, "Travis Rudolph is eating lunch with your son," accompanied by a now-viral photo of her son chowing down in his Florida middle school with a young man, her first response was: "Who?" That response soon... More »

Internet Helps Autistic Girl Replace Beloved Shirt—150 Times

'It's been very, very touching,' says mom Deborah Skouson

(Newser) - Ever since Deborah Skouson came home with a pink flowered shirt for her daughter five years ago, Cami, who has autism, has been "fixated" on it. It quickly became her favorite piece of clothing, leading Skouson to scour eBay each time her daughter's current shirt became unwearable. But... More »

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