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Chapters of the Human Library are popping up around the world as a way to challenge stereotypes and encourage active listening. The Northern Illinois Chapter will host an event Saturday at Rockford Public Library's East Branch. On this week's Friday Forum, we learn more about what makes this library unique.

What is the relationship of balance, coordination, language and quality of life to the symptoms of autism?

Two Northern Illinois University faculty members in the Allied Health and Communicative Disorders division are hoping to answer that question and others in a new research study they are conducting, and they are seeking children with autism to help them.

NIU Asst. Prof. Allison Gladfelter, a speech/language pathologist, and Asst. Prof. Christina Odeh, a physical therapist, are recruiting speaking children between the ages of 3 and 12 with autism.

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Scientists are suggesting a link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy. 

The study in Environmental Health Perspectives says tiny particulate matter, which can be passed from the lungs to the bloodstream may be a factor. 

Experts say pregnant women should minimize their exposure to air pollution. However, the link has yet to be proven.