Autism Research and Policy

Today, our community, Science on Google+, is co-hosting an event with Autism Brainstorm. The Hangout includes autism experts who will speak about educational, policy and biological research into autism.  

Read my notes of the discussion below, plus links on the research discussed, as well as biographies of our guests. I focus on the research and policy developments highlighted by the speakers. I hope these notes might also facilitate our visually impaired community members.

In order to set the background for my Hangout notes, I begin by summarising the key research and policy recommendations on autism made by The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. The scientific focus on biology, social science and research practices are of interest to our multidisciplinary community.

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World Autism Awareness Day

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On 2 April, World Autism Awareness Day, watch this special video featuring United Nations staff whose families have been touched by autism. The annual observance highlights the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

Also launched this week are new stamps from the UN Postal Administration designed by artists with autism.