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So much is happening in the world of autism—from news reports, to new scientific developments and information on the latest research studies—that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The Autism Consortium eNewsletter will keep you informed and up-to-date on important news, events and studies.

April 1, 2014
Improving the Quality of Life and Services for Adults with ASD

“We are now entering a new and unchartered territory.”

-Parent of a young adult with autism

There are now 500,000 individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States who will enter adulthood in the next decade.  The Lurie Center for Autism, a division of MGH, is dedicated to improving the quality of life and future of... Read More


Tags: Research; Resource Guide;

April 1, 2014
Boston Connection April 2014

Sensory symptoms in autism spectrum disorders.

Hazen EP, Stornelli JL, O'Rourke JA, Koesterer K, McDougle CJ.

Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2014 Mar-Apr;22(2):112-24.

The aim of this review is to summarize the recent literature regarding abnormalities in sensory functioning in individuals withautism spectrum disorder (ASD), including evidence... Read More


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April 1, 2014
CDC Releases New Prevalence Numbers of 1 in 68 for ASD

By Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that the prevalence rate for Autism Spectrum Disorder have increased in the last two years, from 1 in 88 children in 2012 having ASD to 1 in 68 children having ASD today. What do these statistics actually mean?

Explanation of the Data... Read More

Tags: News and Advice; Science News;

March 5, 2014
Could Autism Be Treated Prenatally?

A recent review article by two Autism Consortium members - Drs. Andrew Zimmerman and Susan Connors - describes new research that might lead to prenatal treatment of autism.  The review article discusses a new treatment of autism spectrum disorder in prenatal rodent models with a drug that alters the function of a neurotransmitter resulting in... Read More


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March 4, 2014
Summer Fun for your Child and Family

By Shari King,
Autism Resource Specialist / Family Support Program Manager
Boston Medical Center

Although many of us are in a deep freeze this winter, we’d like to offer you some things to consider as you begin to make summer plans. Whether you plan to stay local or travel, you can take steps to feel better prepared and to help your... Read More


Tags: Resource Guide;

March 4, 2014
Time for Summer Planning

by Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA

One great way to get through a frigid winter is to make plans for your child for his/her summer break. Although it might seem early, spots in many camps and programs are already filling, so now is the perfect time to discover the opportunities that are out there.

The National Autism Association recently... Read More


Tags: News and Advice; Resource Guide;

March 4, 2014
2014 Autism Awareness Month

Autism Consortium Family Support Network Events

Boston Children’s Hospital

Wednesday March 5th 6-8

BCH Parent Forum provides families with practical instructions regarding their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

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