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Just the Facts

“Just the Facts”… that’s what you’ll get with the IWGA’s bi-weekly bulletin! We know you are busy, have tight schedules, and are short on time; we also know that it is difficult to stay current on the ever-changing world of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

So every two weeks consider reviewing “Just the Facts”. Short and to the point, the bulletin will enable you to keep current on some of the top autism headlines in Ohio and the nation in a short amount of time!

Note: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) provides these news items and links for informational purposes only. DODD does not endorse, approve, certify or make claims as to the accuracy of the information or opinions expressed herein.

Just the Facts

Just the Facts - June 12, 2015


Structural and Functional Features of Central Nervous System Lymphatic Vessels

  • Scientists have recently found a direct connection between the brain and the immune system.
  • This has implications for preventing neurological conditions, such as autism and Alzheimer’s.

Citation: Louveau, A., Smirnov, I., Keyes, T. J., Eccles, J. D., Rouhani, S. J., Peske, J. D., … Kipnis, J. (2015). Structural and functional features of central nervous system lymphatic vessels. Nature, 2015; DOI: 10.1038/nature14432.



Trends in Racial Disparities in Quality of Care for Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

  • Racial and ethnic disparities in health care quality for black and Latino children with autism and other developmental disabilities were unchanged between 2005 and 2010.
  • Despite ongoing public policy discussions about the need to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care, this study provides evidence that disparities are not being reduced over time for this vulnerable population of children.

Citation: Magana, S., Son, E., Parish, S. L., & Marks, N. L. (2015). Trends in racial disparities in quality of care of for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. “The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity Conference” Society for Social Work and Research. https://sswr.confex.com/sswr/2015/webprogram/Paper23050.html.



Healthcare Providers Unprepared to Treat Adults with Autism

  • 922 physicians were surveyed about autism
  • 77% rated their ability to treat patients on the spectrum as poor or far
  • 13% said that they had adequate tools or resources to meet the needs of those with ASD

Citation: Wilkinson, L. (2015). Healthcare providers unprepared to treat adults with autism. West Palm Beach Autism and Education Examiner. http://www.examiner.com/article/healthcare-providers-unprepared-to-treat-adults-with-autism.



Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Underserved Communities: Early Childcare Providers as Reporters

  • Childcare providers, such as Head Start and other state licensed providers in low-income, high-minority cities, can be effective screeners for ASD

Citation: Janvier, Y. M., Harris, J. F., Collfied, C. N., Louis, B., Xie, M., Cidav, Z., & Mandell, D. S. (2015). Screening for autism spectrum disorder in underserved communities: Early childcare providers as reporters. Autism, doi: 10.1177/1362361315585055.