July Autism Matters: Autism News

Autism News Roundup

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Dr. Lorna Wing, 1928-2014 - The Guardian photo

Dr. Lorna Wing, who broadened views of autism, dies at 85 – Dr. Wing, who died June 6, recovered Hans Asperger’s work from obscurity and redefined autism as a disorder that occurs on a diverse spectrum with variability of behaviors. – The New York Times

Workforce bill clears Senate – The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act would improve job training services for people with disabilities. The Senate passed the bill, 95-3, on June 25, sending it to the House of Representatives. – Politico

Study: Measles, mumps and rubella vaccines not associated with autism – An analysis of 20,000 reports from 2010 to 2013 found that childhood immunizations do not cause autism spectrum disorder. Parents’ deciding not to have their children vaccinated due to concerns about autism and other fears has led to increased outbreaks of diseases like whooping cough in recent years.  – TIME

The lifetime cost of autism tops $2 million per person – It costs $2.4 million extra to raise a child with autism to age 18, or $1.4 million for a child with autism who does not have an intellectual disability, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The average cost of raising a child in the U.S. is $241,000. – TIME

Adults with Asperger’s syndrome ‘at higher risk of suicidal thoughts’ – Sixty-six percent of people with Asperger’s in a British study reported suicidal ideation, compared to 17 percent of the general population. – Medical News Today