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Autism Rates in Children May Be Higher Than Previously Believed, New CDC Study Finds

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the prevalence of autism is 1.7 percent, up from 1.5 percent from two years earlier. Read more.
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How a Teacher’s ‘Junk Science’ Landed a Dad in Jail on Charge of Raping his Autistic Son – The Miami Herald

In this piece, The Miami Herald chronicles that wrongful arrest of Jose Cordero in Miami. Accusations of sexual abuse arose from "hand over hand" communication, which is considered junk science by many. Read more.
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Fetal Alcohol Disorder May Be Far More Common Than Previously Thought – Cleveland Clinic

A new study has found that the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may be higher than previously thought. Abstract Importance Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are costly, life-long disabilities. Older data suggested…
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Increased Stress on Fathers Leads to Brain Development Changes in Offspring – Science News

New research in mice has found that a father's stress affects the brain development of his offspring. This stress changes the father's sperm, which can then alter the brain development of the child. This new research provides a much better understanding…
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New Law Requiring Autism Training for Police Officers to Take Effect – The Miami Herald

This month, a new state law took effect requiring Florida law enforcement agencies to establish autism training for its officers. Read more.
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The Intersect Between Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Paraphilias: Ramifications in the Criminal Justice System – Dr. Kim Spence and Dr. Eric Imhof

  In this training, Dr. Eric Imhof, Psy.D., and Dr. Kim Spence, Ph.D., go into depth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Paraphilia. Beginning with an overview of ASD, the presenters will elucidate clinical differences in clients with…
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Recognizing Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Clients – August 30

On August 30th, the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (CFACDL) will be hosting Recognizing Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Clients with guest speaker Dr. Kim Spence, the Coordinator of Educational and Training Programs…
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‘Social Camouflage’ May Lead to Underdiagnosis of Autism in Girls – NPR

Although significantly more boys than girls are diagnosed with autism each year, some researchers say that the gender gap may not be as wide as it seems. Girls, they say, are better at blending in with social groups. Read more.
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Downloading a Nightmare: When Autism, Child Pornography and the Courts Collide – The Marshall Project

In this investigation, The Marshall Project interviewed over a dozen families with autistic members who were arrested for possession of child pornography. Advocates argue that the criminal justice system "confuses autistic behavior with criminal…
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“Crime, Punishment, and Redemption for My Son with ADHD” – ADDitude

This article chronicles the struggles of Kathleen Ryan's son, who suffered from ADHD and had frequent run-ins with the law. Read more.