Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Despite a global pandemic and lockdowns that temporarily stymied research, autism scientists made significant progress in many areas in 2020 — from improving the diversity of people represented in their research to testing the mettle of gene therapies for several autism-related conditions. Some teams found new ways to parse autistic people into meaningful subgroups, and others delineated some of the neural cirsuits underlying autism-related behaviors. And advances in genetics reignited the debate about whether there is such a thing as an “autism gene”. Here are the Spectrum team’s top picks for the year’s hottest topics in autism research. Read More

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