The complexity of autism makes research difficult, but understanding even rare forms of autism is leading to greater insight into the biology of these disorders and potential new treatments.
This is just one example of how being 'different' can lead to being treated differently.
When nerve cells in the brain pass electrical signals to each other, they create tiny electric fields that can be sensed from outside the skull.
Biological research can inspire technological innovation. Also, software that models computer networks can inform health care for patients with neurological disorders.
A recent study has shown educators can include and teach children on the spectrum in mainstream childcare, alongside their non-autistic peers.
Autism doesn't have to be viewed as a disability or disorder.
Even though people with autism are more likely to think about concrete stuff rather than abstract feelings, anxiety still exists and, if not recognised, can cause significant problems.
The evidence indicates that having autism spectrum disorder actually reduces the risk of violence.
When non-autistic people take the lead on autism research, support and advocacy without input from autistic people, we risk of getting the message wrong and missing key parts of the picture.
Autism and vitamin D: an in-depth look at what the new study actually found.
Only 16% of adults with autism are in full-time work.
Imagine a collaboratively-designed smartphone app that could provide cues to an autistic individual -- about the emotional state of people they are communicating with.
Early intervention is key to treating autism, but how is a family to know which quirky childhood behaviours might be symptoms? An educational psychologist explains.
Only one Canadian has ever received the Nobel Prize for medicine, in 1923. But Canadian discoveries have been essential to stem cell research, gene sequencing and treatments for cancer.
Don Burke: the statements you made are false, and they have an impact far beyond your own circumstance.
Families supporting children with autism urgently need better access to the latest research about evidence-based treatments. A new health design project from Emily Carr University is helping.
New research suggests many autistic people feel they have to hide their true selves.
New research reveals how autistic people use their strengths and interests to manage their condition.
James Best took his son Sam, who has autism, on a six-month journey to Africa. The lessons learnt may encourage a slightly riskier approach to parenting and education for some children with autism.
People tell each other stories every day about the things they've seen and done. For many children with autism, this kind of personal narrative doesn't come easily. Here's how parents can help.