Mall Offers Sensory-Friendly Shopping for Autistic Children

One in 68 children are thought to have autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The disorder varies widely in severity. But one common trait is the tendency to get overstimulated by noise, lights, and other trappings of modern life. A recent effort tried to bring down the sensory stimulation — just in time for back-to-school shopping.

This Week On Beacon Hill

Candidates for Statewide offices in Massachusetts are preparing to spend down campaign kitties on expensive ads, readying for high stakes debates and forums, and trying to connect with voters.

2 Republican Visions For Mass. At WBUR Debate

Tea Party-aligned candidate Mark Fisher blasted the state’s new gun law and argued for the elimination of targeted industry tax credits. His conservative positions veered far to the right, making the man sitting to his left, front-runner Charlie Baker, come across as a moderate.