Larry Reiter studies the chromosomal region 15q11-13, one of the genomic hotspots most firmly linked to autism. At his small lab at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Reiter has...

A year ago, an Australian group launched an autism awareness and fundraising event called Communication Shutdown. The idea was simple: Neurotypical people would ignore social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter...

For years, 19-year-old Ryan Cleary barely left his room. He kept the blinds closed and doors shut, spending hours on end listening to heavy metal music and typing code at his...

Sooner or later most of us suffer deep grief over the death of someone we love. The experience often causes people to question their sanity—as when they momentarily think they have...

At a time when government funding of autism research is in serious jeopardy, it’s disturbing to hear that a high-profile researcher has taken off with some of it. This time last...

With the Combating Autism Act of 2006, Congress created a group — the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, or IACC — tasked with outlining priorities for government-funded autism research. Earlier this week,...

Last month, Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, broadcast his plans for a new $1 billion institute aimed at accelerating drug development. The new institute, to be called the National Center...

In popular culture — from the TV show Parenthood to high-traffic health blogs — I’ve noticed more and more stories about the domestic difficulties that come from raising a child with autism, particularly the emotional and financial toll it...