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Media Coverage

Benefits of business hiring employees with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov 13, 2020

An Autism Institute researcher authored a paper reporting that hiring "neurodivergent" employees can make firms more effective and competitive on multiple fronts: overall employee morale, customer relations, cause-related brand enhancement and reduced employee turnover.

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A child with an aunt or uncle with autism had increased chances autism diagnosis

Health Day, May 27, 2020

Autism Institute researcher was quoted in a US government funded story that showed that a child with an uncle or aunt with autism appears to have a more than doubled risk of being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder themselves.

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Lack of services available for adults with autism.

National Geographic, May 01, 2020

Autism Institute researcher was quoted the May 2020 issue that talks about challenges faced by autistic youths entering adulthood.

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Standard Autism Screening Is Missing a Lot of Kids

Healthline, Oct 10, 2019

In a new study, researchers found that many pediatricians using the standard autism screening tool missed signs of ASD during children’s routine well-child visits.

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Autism rates continue to climb and experts don't exactly know why

USA Today, Apr 27, 2018

The CDC reported that prevalence rates of autism in 8-year-olds has gone up to 1 in 59 children from the previously reported 1 in 68. Experts including A.J. Autism Institute Director Craig Newschaffer weigh in on questions that still need to be answered about the factors at play.

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2017 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Research features work by Autism Institute researchers

IACC, Apr 20, 2018

Autism Institute researchers' work was included in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's 2017 Summary of Advances in Autism Research. Work by Dr. Diana Robins and Dr. Craig Newschaffer are included in the summary report. 

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Entering Adulthood With Autism

U.S. News & World Report, Apr 12, 2018

Falling off the ‘services cliff’ can have dire consequences for young adults with the developmental disorder.

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How the Eagles Autism Challenge Helps Local Families

NBC10, Apr 03, 2018

Leading up to the Eagles Autism Challenge on May 19, NBC10 highlights the advancements and programs in the Philadelphia area that are helping kids and their families. Dr. Diana Robins's studies focus on getting children with autism the beneficial early intervention they need as soon as possible. This is just one research area of many that will benefit from the Eagles' inaugural autism fundraising event.

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Should We Screen All 2-Year-Old for Autism

Slate.com, Nov 29, 2017

It’s actually not too early to assess them, and doing so might help close important socioeconomic and racial gaps around services and treatment. Dr. Diana Robins, who leads the Early Detection and Intervention team at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, comments on the issue.

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Multivitamin intake during pregnancy could reduce autism risk

Global News, Oct 12, 2017

A new study has found that children of mothers who took multivitamins in the early stages of their pregnancy were nearly half as likely to develop autism versus women who didn’t take them. Although researchers found an association between multivitamins and reduced risk of autism, they stress that more studies are necessary.

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