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Autistic people want to socialize — they just show it differently

A new research paper is pushing back hard on the notion that people with autism are not interested in socializing. The paper, titled “Being vs. appearing socially uninterested: Challenging assumptions about social motivation in autism,” questions the widespread assumption that the primary reason for autistic people's unusual behaviors is that they are not socially motivated. Rather, the authors suggest, their social signals are misunderstood — an insight the authors believe could open the door to more effective…

Deaths up sharply among people with autism: study

MIAMI: People with autism are three times as likely to die from an injury than the general population, said a study out Tuesday that pointed to troubling trends among people with the neurodevelopmental disorder. Deaths among people with autism are up 700 percent since 1999, according to the report in the American Journal of Public Health. People with autism also die at age 36 on average, half the age of the general population's average death age of 72. Suffocation, asphyxiation and drowning were the most common…