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Inflexibility May Be Hardwired In Those With Autism

Kids with autism have less flexible brains, researchers say in a new study that may help explain why switching from rest to a task can be particularly difficult for those on the spectrum.

Inclusive Classrooms Provide Language Boost, Study Finds

For young children with disabilities, the key to mastering language may be surrounding them with their typically-developing peers, researchers say.

Obamas To Host People With Disabilities

The president and first lady will welcome a group of people with disabilities to the White House this week for a special dinner focusing on efforts to promote acceptance.

Tracking Device Proposal Gains Momentum

A federal effort to provide free tracking devices to children with autism and other disabilities who are at risk of wandering is getting a boost.

Congress Weighing Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts

A long-stagnant bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits is starting to make its way through Congress.

Obama Signs Law Limiting Sheltered Workshop Eligibility

The transition from school to work for students with disabilities will undergo sweeping changes under a bill President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday.

UN Disability Treaty Clears Senate Committee

Two years after rejecting an international disability rights treaty, the U.S. Senate is poised to reconsider the matter.

Justice Department Developing Disability Training For Police

Plans are in the works at the U.S. Department of Justice to roll out law enforcement training focused on people with disabilities.

Feds Clarify Obligations To Kids With Autism

In what advocates are calling a major win, federal officials are for the first time telling states that Medicaid coverage must include treatments like ABA for children with autism.

White House Adds New Disability Adviser

A fresh face is on board at the White House tasked with focusing on disability issues.

Disney Wants Disability Access Suit Thrown Out

Disney is fighting allegations that changes to its policy for accommodating people with disabilities at its theme parks are in violation of the ADA.

Congress Passes Bill Limiting Sheltered Workshop Eligibility

A bill that would significantly limit young people with disabilities from entering sheltered workshop programs is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk.

Validity Of CDC Autism Rates Questioned

With autism numbers rising every few years, some researchers in the field are sharply questioning the reliability of the government statistics.

Sheltered Workshop Eligibility May Soon Be Limited

Federal lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to require most students with disabilities to try competitive employment before they could be employed by sheltered workshops.

Autism Act Clears House

Congress is one step closer to renewing the nation’s primary autism legislation.

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