This past month went by so quickly! It was like you blinked and poof, it was over! If that was the case for you, do not worry! We’ve rounded up everything you might have missed in August!
Study Identifies Genes Strongly Linked to Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders
A new study of genes underlying neurodevelopmental differences has uncovered more than 70 that are very strongly associated with autism and more than 250 with strong links to the condition. The analysis is the largest of its kind to date and includes more than 150,000 participants, 20,000 of whom have been diagnosed with autism. The results offer the most comprehensive look yet at diverse forms of genetic variation in autism and in more broadly defined neurodevelopmental conditions. The insights shed light on the molecular roots of brain development and neurodiversity and provide new avenues for future research on the biology of autism. (source: Disability Scoop)
Lyric Changes spark Ableism Conversations
This summer, both Beyonce and Lizzo made lyric changes to their songs-removing the word Spaz. Spaz is an ableist slur derived from the “spastic” movements of an Individual with Cerebral Palsy. Both musicians quickly made the changes, but it sparked overdue conversations about ableism. A few topics of discussion:
- Some people praised the change while others still questioned the use of the word in the first place.
- The ability to change lyrics so quickly also raised points of whether or not one can be held accountable for their actions.
- What are your reactions to social media, pop culture and the disability community?
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