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2014

  • November

    • Pennsylvania Autism Census Highlights Dramatic Increase in Numbers

      November 13, 2014

      Pennsylvania’s Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT), has released the Pennsylvania Autism Census Update for 2014, which estimates that there are over 55,000 children and adults with autism receiving services, almost triple the number initially identified in 2009.

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  • September

  • June

    • Awareness Month Spurs Web Searches for Autism

      June 26, 2014

      Autism Awareness Month each April brings blue lights and blue ribbons out to shine in many communities – but does it actually lead to increased autism awareness? According to a new analysis of web search trends by researchers at Drexel University, it does appear to drive an increase in Google searches for autism – by a third over searches in March in recent years.

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    • First Study Asks Autistic Adults about Driving Experiences

      June 26, 2014

      In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults. As the population of adults with autism continues growing rapidly, the survey provides a first step toward identifying whether this population has unmet needs for educational supports to empower safe driving – a key element of independent functioning in many people’s lives.

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  • April

  • February

    • Museum Stories at the Academy of Natural Sciences for Children on the Autism Spectrum

      February 20, 2014

      As part of an initiative aimed at making a visit to the science museum as stress-free, fun and educational as possible for children on the autism spectrum, families and teachers now can access “museum stories” on the Academy’s website. The museum stories are a pre-visit tool to prepare children for what they might experience in the museum, where loud noises, unfamiliar sights, bright and dark rooms, and unpredictable live animals may cause discomfort and stress.

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