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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.

September 9, 2014
Massachusetts Autism Omnibus Bill Enacted

By Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA


Governor Deval Patrick recently signed the historic Autism Omnibus bill, greatly expanding services for youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families in the state of Massachusetts.

Officially known as Chapter 226 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Relative to Assisting Individuals with... Read More

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September 9, 2014
Choosing a Social Group

By Dorothy Lucci, M.Ed., CAGS


From a very young age individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) demonstrate challenges in social development.  Many children have difficulty with basic social skills such as non-verbal communication (i.e. gestures, affect and eye contact) and verbal behaviors (i.e. greetings, asking for help... Read More

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July 15, 2014
Back-to-School Tips for You and Your Child

By Kelly Hurley, Autism Resource Specialist, UMass Medical Center


The end of summer often brings mixed emotions for many parents and children who turn their thoughts from the less-structured days of summer to planning for back to school.  Although you might welcome the return to a more routine schedule, the thought of making snacks and... Read More

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June 3, 2014
Keeping Your Child Safe

by Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA
 

It’s nearly summer—typically a time of carefree days filled with relaxation and fun for kids and parents. When you are raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), however, there is no vacation from the many additional challenges you face to keep your child out of harm's way.

We’ve all heard... Read More

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May 2, 2014
Self-Care is Not Selfish: Finding a Way to Take Care of Yourself

Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA


The month of May brings us Mother’s Day, the one day a year where moms allow others to do for them—bring us out to eat, lavish us with cards and gifts, and even give us the day off. “Sit down, put your feet up, here’s a box of chocolates, we’ll take care of everything!” is one of the nicest... 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
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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

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February 4, 2014
UMass Medical Center: Bringing Autism Clincal Care and Research Closer to Home

Perhaps the best way to introduce the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is through the words of a Central Mass mother of two sons with autism.

“In May 2013, a parent advocate told me about the new clinic at UMASS, the CANDO Clinic.  We were referred to the program... Read More

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