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by Leah McClimans, Ph.D.

The Autism CARES (Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support) Act is currently up for reauthorization before Congress. Autism CARES is the main source of federal funding for ASD Spectrum Disorder (ASD) research, services, training and monitoring. A version of this Act was signed into law in 2006, and since then over $3.1 billion has been dedicated to ASD research and training. It’s a crucial piece of legislation in part because it aims to help us understand better what interventions and assistive technologies work to support people with ASD and their families. But it turns out that finding answers to “what works” for people with ASD is challenging.…

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by Leah McClimans, Ph.D.

In May of last year my mom was found unconscious in her apartment. She was taken to the emergency room with sepsis, and ulcers on her sacrum and heels. The sepsis was serious, but the ulcers were worse. Her clinical team had to debride them again and again. They got bigger and bigger. The ones on her sacrum were huge. Two enormous craters, vacant and gaping. She had to have a colostomy to ensure the area would stay clean, and various wound VACs were used to aid the healing process. But in the end, the surface area was simply too large.…

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