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A report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) regarding a survey of school-aged children with special health care needs indicates that over 50 percent of surveyed children with ASD didn't receive a diagnosis until age 5 or older. In addition, over 50 percent of children with ASD were treated with psychotropic medication.

A new survey by the UK's National Autistic Society (NAS) finds that over one-third of autistic adults who responded have faced bullying or discrimination at work, while 43 percent indicate that they have lost a job due to having autism. The NAS notes that the findings speak to the need for better autism education for employers and coworkers.

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that students with ASD are less likely than other youth with disabilities to be engaged in employment or postsecondary training after high school. Paul Shattuck,assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and the study's lead author, notes that, "“Compared with youth in the three other disability categories, those with an ASD had significantly lower rates of employment and the highest overall rates of no participation in any work or education whatsoever."

A Phoenix Outback Steakhouse franchise is partnering with the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center to develop jobs for adults with autism. SAARC is currently partnering with 27 Phoenix-are businesses to provide job training, placement, and support. 

A researcher at the UC Davis MIND Institute, Peter Mundy, has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Department of Education to study social attention in elementary and secondary students with autism via virtual reality technology. The study will examine whether social attention is a factor in academic achievement.

A hospital in Toronto and the family of a young man with Fragile X syndrome are facing a dilemma regarding how to proceed with discharging the 18-year-old from the health care facility. Taylor McNee has spent the last five months in Toronto Western Hospital due to injuries incurred during a meltdown. While McNee no longer needs hospitalization, family members state that they cannot care for him at home. No long term care placement is currently available.

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Human Genetic Research have identified 33 genes associated with autism and related disorders, 22 for the first time. Several of these genes also appear to be altered in different ways in individuals with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, symptoms of which may begin in adolescence or adulthood. Results of the study by a multi-institutional research team will appear in the April 27 issue of Cell and have been released online. 

Autism After 16 wants to shine a light on examples of best practice in Transition services for students with autism. Under federal law, special needs students must receive public education services until they graduate from high school with a standard diploma or until they age out of the system, typically in the year they turn 21. From age 16 on, focus should be placed on transitioning students from high school to what comes next. Federal mandate doesn’t always translate into practice, however. What Autism After 16 readers indicate is that Transition services for their children with autism are often ill-fitting or insufficient.

CNN provides a glimpse into the workings of Roses for Autism, an employer of adults with ASD. Based in Connecticut, Roses for Autism was created when rose farmer Tom Pinchbeck found himself unable to compete with by South American flower growers and decided to rethink his farm's purpose.

Pediatrics,the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, today published findings of a California study that examined developmental trajectory in 6975 autistic chlidren. The study profiles six types of developmental trajectories, including a small percentage of children who move from severe to mild symptoms of autism.