Lawsuit filed by parents of autistic teen for police entrapment

Temecula, Calfornia – Parents sue the school district that authorized the undercover drug operation. Last December, Doug and Catherine Snodgrass’ 17-year-old autistic high school son was arrested after twice buying marijuana for an undercover Riverside county police officer. Earlier this month the parents said: “We felt like our family was totally violated by the sheriff’s […]

Man with history of drug abuse sentenced 10 years for arson at autistic center

Las Vegas, Nevada – 24 year old Samuel Powers sentenced 10 years followed by three years supervised release. Powers was also ordered to pay almost $80,000 in restitution at his sentencing hearing this Friday. Federal prosecutors say Powers forcibly entered a business called Sport Social on April 15 and set fires using gasoline and Molotov […]

Avonte Oquendo remains missing after almost one month

 News in Brief – Avonte Alert petition created Autism Daily Newscast has chosen not to report on the missing case of Avonte Oquendo unless significant new information can be reported. There is still no new clues to finding him. Amid concerns that perhaps Avonte is being held in order to obtain a large amount of money, […]

Reproductive Technology Council approves application to determine sex of sperm for high risk families

Western Australia – The Reproductive Technology Council has approved an application for a family pre-disposed to autism, in a fertility clinic to select the sex in order to minimise the risk of autism. This controversial issue works under the premise that boys are four times more likely to develop autism and by ensuring the “X” […]

Young autistic man with mental illnesses remains in county jail after 12 weeks

Pittsburgh, USA – Drake Munger sits in a county jail on $100,000 straight cash bond since August 8th.  Munger, now 19 years old is an adult, but he has  schizophrenia and other mental illnesses are compounded by mental retardation (with an IQ of 70) and autism. Munger was charged on July 5th with with various offenses, […]

Clues to autism from new study of prenatal weight gain

Salt Lake City, USA  — New research from the University of Utah shows a link between weight gain before and during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Deborah A. Bilder, M.D., lead author of the study and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah says, “These findings suggest that weight gain during […]

Genetic test for autism is questioned by new study

  Boston, USA – Last year, in September 2012, a team scientists from University of Melbourne claimed to have identified specific markers to that could be used to design a genetic test for a person’s risk for autism-spectrum disorders. Benjamin Neale and his team from Massachusetts General Hospital used a larger sample in an attempt […]

Children born to mothers with Lupus twice as likely to be Autistic

NEWS IN BREIF – Children born to mothers with a diagnosis of Systemic lupus erythamatosus are almost twice as likely to have autism a recent study has found. The study will be presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting on Wednesday October 30, and may lead to added prenatal care for women suffering […]

Can the drug Ecstasy be of assistance in autism therapy?

Ana Kasparian, Ben Mankiewicz and Michael Shure from the The Young Turks discuss the potential use of Ecstasy in therapeutic uses with autism. Ana begins, “The California Review Panel has decided to allow scientist to do a study on MDMA and what it could potentially do to help those who are born with autism. So this […]

Changes prompt job loss fear in UK autism school

North Devon, United Kingdom –  Concerns have been raised about Broomhayes specialist residential autism school, as changes in provision may lead to job losses. The school, ran by the National Autistic Society will close it’s residential and day school provision early next year at “a date to be agreed”. The NAS will be working close […]