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Tommy Shimoda (Courtesy of Special Olympics Chicago)

Tommy Shimoda, 24, won gold and bronze medals in speed skating at the Special Olympics World Winter Games this year in Austria. This week, he was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, becoming the first Special Olympics athlete to receive the honor. 

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A still image from the documentary “Life, Animated.”

Cornelia Suskind tell us about her son Owen, the subject of a new documentary film.

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Pediatric occupational therapist and author Stacey Glorioso wants to teach children how to become dragon slayers. In her book, “Joshua’s Dragon,” the story’s namesake character leads the way and shows how he defeats his dragon—overcoming his fear of loud noises.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated one in 68 American children has Autism Spectrum Disorder. A new book tells the story of some of those parents as it takes a look back at autism’s dark history of institutionalization, questionable therapies and plain bad science. 

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A new drug shows promise in the treatment of social withdrawal for people with Fragile X syndrome, and potentially for autism patients.

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A new drug shows promise in the treatment of social withdrawal for people with Fragile X syndrome, and potentially for autism patients.

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Autism rates have dramatically increased over the past 10 years. Why the jump? And why are boys more susceptible to autism? We take a look.

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One man's diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome actually improved his marriage -- and he wrote a book all about it. He joins us.