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Each week Thompson Policy Institute rounds up the top 5 articles we found on the web about disability and autism. It’s a fast and digestible way to ensure you are staying up to date with the latest stats, information and research on disability.

Federal Judge: Religious Schools Exempt From ADA

A special needs student was recently expelled from Haddonfield Friends School in Haddonfield, N.J. after his family requested additional teaching for him. The Quaker school does not have to comply with IDEA or other national disability laws since it is a religious institution. The implications from the case could be big for students with disabilities.

Breaking Blue News

In honor of April being Autism Awareness Month, massive landmarks throughout the world were lighted blue to draw awareness to ASD. Amongst the global landmarks were the Israeli Parliament Building and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

Autistic People are not Failed Version of “Normal.” They’re different, not less.

The past 15 years of research have uncovered a lot of of the prejudice that people with autism have faced throughout history. The essential argument here is that people with ASD aren’t going to be fixed by medical breakthroughs, but instead need to be empowered to their full potential by all of the population.

World Autism Awareness Week: April 2nd 2016 – April 8th 2016

Today marks the last day of World Autism Awareness Week. This massive fundraising campaign has promoted awareness abut Autism and raised money for continued research. Download a free info pack on the link above to further advocate for Autism awareness.

Can you make it to the end?

This jarring but illuminating video allows the viewer to imagine what it is like to be in a stimulating social setting as a person with autism. The enhanced sights and sounds give us insight into the perspective of people with ASD.