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Birth Control Options Stressed For Teens With Disabilities

Doctors are getting a reminder that adolescents with developmental disabilities are interested in sex too and their need for guidance and contraception should not be overlooked.

New Details Emerge On Autism Treatment Mandate

Federal officials are taking steps to clarify new requirements surrounding Medicaid coverage of autism treatments.

Due Process Hearings On Decline

Fewer special education disputes between parents and school districts are escalating to due process hearings, a new government report finds.

Study Points To More Reliable Autism Test

Assessing how quickly the brain responds to sights and sounds could offer a more precise and earlier method to diagnose autism, new research suggests.

Deal Reached On Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts

Federal lawmakers say they’ve reached a deal to move forward on a bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits.

Vote On UN Disability Treaty Blocked

An effort in the U.S. Senate to bring a vote on an international disability rights treaty has been squashed.

States Move Forward With Expanded ABA Coverage

Months after federal officials ordered them to do so, states are starting to include coverage of treatments like ABA for kids with autism within their Medicaid programs.

Senator Looks To Ease Burden For Parents In IDEA Disputes

A federal lawmaker says he wants to level the playing field for parents involved in special education disputes with their child’s school district.

Accessibility Problems Dog Amtrak

The nation’s passenger rail system remains plagued by accessibility problems with poor planning hampering efforts to improve accommodations for people with disabilities, an audit finds.

Therapy For Infants May Stave Off Autism

An intervention for kids exhibiting signs of autism as young as 6 months is showing promise, researchers say, with most infants in a new study shedding their delays.

Kids With Autism See Big Gains With Tablets

Even with intervention, many children with autism continue to struggle with communication, but new research suggests that using iPads and other tablets can help maximize language skills.

Journal Retracts Autism Study Citing ‘Serious Concerns’

A new study suggesting that decade-old data from the CDC provides evidence of a link between autism and vaccines has been retracted amid concerns about its validity.

ADA Suit Against Disney May Expand

The number of families looking to sue Disney over changes to its theme park access policy for people with disabilities is growing substantially.

Head Size Not A Predictor Of Autism, Researchers Say

There’s long been talk of a connection between autism risk and infant head size, but a large new study suggests that no such link exists.

Many With Autism Lack Knowledge On Sex, Study Finds

Adults with autism face a greater risk of sexual victimization than their typically-developing peers, researchers say, and a lack of education could be part of the reason why.

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