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The CDC’s Learning Connection Highlights ASD This Month

Date Published: 
October 1, 2012

CDC's October Learning Connection highlights autism and features learning products and resources for healthcare providers and caretakers.

Common Genetic Variants, Acting Additively, Are a Major Source of Risk for Autism

Molecular Autism
Date Published: 
October 15, 2012

Study finds that together, a large number of inherited, common genetic variations “of very small effect” can increase risk for autism. Suggests risk of inherited ASD is approximately 40% in simplex families and 60% in multiplex families.

Interventions Addressing Social Impairment in Autism

Current Psychiatry Reports
Date Published: 
October 4, 2012

In this new review of intervention studies targeting social impairment in autism, authors encourage researchers to design new studies that: evaluate ingredients of effective interventions (e.g., required dose for therapeutic effect); include better outcome measures that can show that meaningful improvements have happened (e.g., spontaneous social initiations; sustained interactions); and include underserved and underrepresented participant groups, such as children with comorbidities, non-English speaking children, and minimally verbal children.

Aging in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Mini-Review

Date Published: 
August 24, 2011

This article addresses an important and barely researched topic: what happens to children with autism spectrum disorders when they grow old.

Science & Sandwiches at UCLA with Dr. Connie Kasari

Dec 6 2012
Dec 6 2012
America/New York
Start Date: 
October 11, 2012
Los Angeles, CA


Science & Sandwiches at UCLA Featuring Dr. Connie Kasari


In this unique event, Dr. Connie Kasari, Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Psychiatry at UCLA and founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment, will discuss social needs of children with autism and outreach to underserved populations. 

She will address questions such as: What does the evidence show about the social needs of children with autism? What are the most effective strategies for meeting those social needs, both in educational settings and in home settings? Are there, for example, specific strategies that can be employed during play dates or recess or outside of formal clinic settings? 

Why is there such a difference in autism diagnosis rates in different populations? What services are lacking in underserved populations? How can better-served communities contribute to improving the services in underserved communities? Are there service models that are more effective in different communities? 

UCLA Semel Institute Room C8-639

760 Westwood Plaza 

Los Angeles, CA 90024

December 6, 12:30 - 1:30 PST

As this is a Science and Sandwiches event, attendees will be treated to sandwiches, chips, drinks and a cookie. Tickets are FREE.

If you have questions about this event, contact the Autism Science Foundation at contactus@autismsciencefoundation.org.

Please RSVP for this event here

Autism Science Foundation Partnering with UJA-Federation to Launch Three Surveys Designed to Identify Services and Needs for Adults with Autism

Date Published: 
OCTOBER 11, 2012

Autism Science Foundation and UJA-Federation of New York announced today the launch of a series of surveys designed to determine which types of services for adults with autism are most needed in the New York metropolitan area. The surveys are being administered by the Autism Science Foundation and the Interactive Autism Network (IAN).

The New Surveys — Conducted on behalf of UJA-Federation by the Autism Science Foundation and the Interactive Autism Network — Aim to Help Service Providers Expand Programs That Support All Those Affected by Autism

(OCTOBER 11, 2012—New York, NY) UJA-Federation of New York announced today the launch of a series of surveys designed to determine which types of services for adults with autism are most needed in the New York metropolitan area. The surveys are being administered by the Autism Science Foundation and the Interactive Autism Network (IAN).

The three surveys target individuals with autism ages 18 to 35; parents of individuals with autism ages 18 to 35 who are independent; and parents of individuals with autism ages 18 to 35 who are under their parents’ guardianship. People fitting one of these three groups are invited to participate by registering at the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) and completing the “UJA-Federation Adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Survey.”

“The goal of this project is to identify the drivers of fulfillment and success for autistic adults in the areas of employment, leisure activities, and spirituality,” said Deborah Hilibrand, a member of UJA-Federation of New York’s Autism Task Force. “We will then use this information to help UJA-Federation and other agencies provide these critical activities by providing financial support for projects that deliver these services.”

“We also want to use the data to enhance public awareness about the critical issues facing adults with autism and their families by broadly disseminating the results of this survey,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation.

The free survey is designed to be completed entirely online. Surveys must be completed by Friday, November 30, 2012. All responses and data collected will be kept anonymous and confidential. Participants in this survey do not have to be Jewish or receive services from UJA-Federation, and people of all faiths are welcome.

Eligibility to participate in the UJA-Federation Adult with ASD Survey includes:

  • Residency in the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, or Westchester.
  • An adult with ASD who is independent and is not under anyone’s legal guardianship.
  • The parent of an independent adult with ASD (for example, one’s adult son or daughter with ASD is not under legal guardianship and maintains the right to make their own medical and legal decisions).
  • The legally authorized representative of a dependent adult with ASD (for example, you may have legal guardianship or medical power of attorney for the adult with ASD).

“This project is especially exciting because the information collected will not only have an immediate effect on improving services for adults with autism, but it will also advance autism research involving adults — a group that is sorely underrepresented,” said Dr. Paul Law, director of the Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute. “I believe that community service providers like UJA-Federation of New York are key to ensuring greater involvement of adults with autism in research.”

Additional funding for this project was provided by the Hilibrand Foundation and the FAR Fund. The survey can be found by visiting http://orca.kennedykrieger.org/index.php?sid=86954&newtest=Y&lang=en


Contact: Roberta Lee, UJA-Federation, 1.212.836.1800, leer@ujafedny.org


To begin registration and the survey, click on the link below:


Using Large Clinical Data Sets to Infer Pathogenicity for Rare Copy Number Variants in Autism Cohorts

Molecular Psychiatry
Date Published: 
October 9, 2012

Copy number variants (CNVs) have a major role in the etiology of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and several of these have reached statistical significance in case–control analyses. Nevertheless, current ASD cohorts are not large enough to detect very rare CNVs that may be causative or contributory (that is, risk alleles).

Unreliable Evoked Responses in Autism

Date Published: 
September 20, 2012

This imaging study led by Carnegie Mellon researchers suggests adults with autism have unreliable neural responses when presented with basic sensory information.

University says findings could bring us closer to understanding the connection between brain and behavior in autism. See the press release here: http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2012/september/sept19_autisticn...

SFARI Reviews Mouse Models Used in Autism Genetics Research

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
September 25, 2012

New genetic variants that increase susceptibility to autism are emerging at a rapid pace from scans for copy number variants (CNVs) — deletions or duplications of DNA segments — and next-generation sequencing. Given the profusion of data, it seems timely to assess the availability and usefulness of mouse models in which to study these genetic risk factors.

The Development of Referential Communication and Autism Symptomatology in High-Risk Infants

Date Published: 
October 1, 2012

This study suggests that non-verbal communication delays in infants with autistic siblings can predict later ASD symptoms.

For a Science Daily article on this paper, click here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121001124802.htm