Under the Microscope: Barging coal, autism in adults

Jul 3, 2014

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The Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule in June to cut carbon emissions by thirty percent by 2030. Since the announcement, a question has come up. How will the rule impact coal-fired power plants and coal-related industries?

Jess Jiang looks at one of those industries ... the barge companies that have historically transported a lot of the nation's coal.

MU researcher Nancy Cheak-Zamora says she has discovered a lack of health care transition services that would allow young adults with autism to become independent adults.

Cheak-Zamora has received a 500 thousand dollar award from the U.S. Department of Defense to continue her research alongside the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. MU researchers David Beversdorf, Janet Farmer and Michelle Teti will also contribute to the research study.

KBIA's Ashley Reese sat down with Cheak-Zamora to discuss the findings so far and the importance of this research study.