Autism in the News December 2023

What Autism related has been in the news this December as we finish up 2023? Here are some positive and fun news stories that feature autism in the news this December.

Luxury Chocolate Factory employs autistic people

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From AP Archive, Luxury chocolate factory provides employment for people with autism, published 27 December 2023.

Just, yum. Sounds like a great opportunity to eat as much chocolate as you like, while obtaining meaningful, helpful employment. Winning for neurodivergent chocolatiers.

Companion Dogs for autistic children in Shanghai

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From China Daily, Dogs trained as companions for children with autism, published 26 December 2023.

Good news for autistic children in China, where Labrador pups have been trained as autism assistance dogs for children aged 3-12, to help with safety, emotional regulation and social support. As one parent said: “It’s hard for us to get very intimate with our kids but dogs can be easily loved by them. With the gentle companionship of an assistance dog, I hope our child can be less lonely and live more happily.”

Thriving and networking as a neurodiverse scientist

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From Nature, How I became the ‘hoodie girl’: attending conferences as a neurodiverse scientist, published 21 December 2023

Showing how you can thrive in a University setting with autism, advocating for yourself and your needs, and quick hacks for coping with presenting at conferences (it involves wearing a hoodie).

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