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Studying trends in public adverse event reporting could help researchers address vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. Pict Rider/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Unverified reports of vaccine side effects in VAERS aren’t the smoking guns portrayed by right-wing media outlets – they can offer insight into vaccine hesitancy

Anti-vaccine activists are using the side effect reporting system to spread fear and misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines. But the database could also be used as a gauge for public concerns.
Autism awareness campaigns often portray autistic people negatively as mysterious puzzles to be solved. In contrast, the rainbow infinity symbol celebrates neurodiversity. (Shutterstock)

5 ways to challenge systemic ableism during Autism Acceptance Month

Instead of supporting autism through awareness campaigns that may portray autistic people negatively, consider learning about initiatives led by autistic people themselves. Here are five ways to start.
The colors in this microscope photo of a fruit fly brain show different types of neurons and the cells that surround them in the brain. Sarah DeGenova Ackerman

Astrocyte cells in the fruit fly brain are an on-off switch that controls when neurons can change and grow

Adaptable neurons are tied to learning and memory but also to neurological disorders. By studying fruit flies, researchers found a mechanism that controls neuroplasticity.
Mike Keller, a 13-year old boy with autism, uses a keyboard and iPad to communicate with his mother, Lori Mitchell-Keller. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images

COVID-19 means a lot more work for families of children with disabilities, but schools can help

Some parents of kids with disabilities are doubling as specialized teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists and psychologists during the pandemic.
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We examined the research evidence on 111 autism early intervention approaches. Here’s what we found

Our landmark new report examined the evidence (or lack thereof) behind certain interventions, but applying it to individual children and families requires a tailored approach.
Parents are missing in-person supports for children. Here, MaShel West holds her son Lucas’ hands while talking with his certified behaviour analyst at their home in Layton, Utah, March 5, 2020. (Ivy Ceballo/The Deseret News via AP)

Coronavirus: Distance learning poses challenges for some families of children with disabilities

Connecting with school staff, community groups, family and friends may look different right now for families of children with disabilities, but some benefits remain.
People with autism spectrum disorder think differently than most people. How they face challenges is something everyone can learn from. iStock/Getty Images Plus

Tips for managing social isolation during coronavirus, from women on the autism spectrum

Many people with autism spectrum disorder have dealt with social isolation their entire lives. Their coping strategies could help the rest of the world right now, as a professor with ASD explains.

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