TACT: Empowering the Autism Community Through Employment

In recent years, the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses have been on the rise, with a staggering 1 in 36 individuals diagnosed with autism. This neurological condition affects people’s communication, behavior and social interactions, leading to a diverse range of abilities and challenges. However, amidst these challenges, there are opportunities for positive change, particularly in…

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Kansas Librarians Sue After Being Fired Over Autism Display Mistaken for LGBTQ+ Support

Two Kansas librarians have been fired after conservative officials in their town mistook a multi-colored display as something for Pride and the “LGBTQ agenda.” Now they’re suing, the Washington Post reports. In June, Kari Wheeler and Brandy Lancaster, librarians at the Sterling Free Public Library in Sterling, a small community in central Kansas, created two…

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YSU Quarterback Partners with Rich Center for Autism – Business Journal Daily | The Youngstown Publishing Company

YSU Quarterback Partners with Rich Center for Autism YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University quarterback Mitch Davidson has officially entered a partnership with The Friends of the Rich Center for Autism just as the 2023 college football season gets underway. Through efforts made by donors to The Friends of the Rich Center for Autism, a…

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Common genetic variants shape the structure of the cortex | Spectrum | Autism Research News

Regions of interest: Researchers mapped out the heritability of single nucleotide polymorphisms across 13 neuroimaging modalities, 6 of which are shown here. Some 4,349 regions in the genome seem to govern key physical characteristics in the cerebral cortex, according to a new genome-wide association study (GWAS). The research included genetic and MRI data from more…

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Study Finds Shocking Amount of TikTok Autism Videos Spread Misinformation

Almost Three-quarters of videos relating to Autism on TikTok contain inaccurate information on the disorder, new research reveals. A new study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders entitled: The Reach and Accuracy of Information on Autism on TikTok found that 73% of informational videos on the platform contained inaccurate or overgeneralized claims about…

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Bidirectional genetic overlap between autism spectrum disorder and cognitive traits | Translational Psychiatry

Shared genetic architecture (MiXeR) MiXeR revealed substantial amount of shared ‘causal’ variants between ASD&INT and ASD&EDU. As shown in the Venn diagram (Fig. 1), the estimated number of shared ‘causal’ variants between ASD and INT was 11.1k (SD = 0.7k), with 1.6k (1.2k) unique ASD variants and 0.6k (0.7k) unique INT variants. The Dice coefficient was 0.91…

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