Smoking during pregnancy is not directly linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children, according to a large population-based study in Sweden. Exposure to various chemicals in the environment during pregnancy and infancy has been considered by resea ..
Autism Speaks, a leading autism advocacy group in the U.S., has quietly made a small but potentially meaningful change to its focus: According to a new mission statement, it will no longer be seeking a “cure” for autism spectrum disorder. As reported late last week by the developmental-disability news organization Disability Scoop, with the revamped mission statement, Autism Speaks “strikes a markedly different tone,” notes reporter Michelle Diament. “Gone are terms like ‘struggle,’ ‘hardshi ..