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UN: People With Disabilities Free To Make Own Decisions

People with even the most severe disabilities have the right to make their own decisions, no matter if their choices are risky or ultimately turn out to be mistakes, a U.N. panel says.

NIH Seeking Public Comment On DSM Autism Update

Nearly a year after new diagnostic criteria for autism took effect, the National Institutes of Health is asking everyone from families to health experts to weigh in on the changes.

Court: Mom Acted Wrongly In Arranging Son’s Vasectomy

In a case centering on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities, a court has ruled that an Iowa mother overstepped when she arranged a vasectomy for her son with special needs.

Feds Impose Stiffer ADA Penalties

For the first time in more than a decade, the fines that the federal government can impose for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act are set to rise.

Study Finds Inpatient Autism Treatment On The Rise

The number of children with autism who are being hospitalized — often due to mental health concerns — is on the rise, particularly among teens with the developmental disorder.

Judge Orders Man To Hold ‘I Am A Bully’ Sign

An Ohio man accused of harassing his neighbor and her children with developmental disabilities stood at a busy street corner this weekend with a sign proclaiming “I am a bully.”

Autism-Vaccine Concerns Remain Widespread

A new survey finds that 1 in 3 parents continue to believe that vaccines can cause autism despite the link being widely discredited by the scientific community.

Justice Department Urges Shift Away From Sheltered Workshops

In a first-of-its-kind settlement, the U.S. Department of Justice says a state has committed to overhaul its system of sheltered workshops and day programs for people with disabilities.

Federal Autism Panel Raises Concerns Over DSM Changes

A federal advisory panel is urging clinicians to be careful when applying new diagnostic criteria for autism in order to ensure that no one is denied needed services.

Unemployment Rises As More With Disabilities Job Hunting

The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is up slightly as more people seek work, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.

Report Finds Access To Mental Health Care Uneven

The ability to access a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider can vary dramatically depending on where you live.

Feds Double Down On Developmental Screening

With a new initiative, the Obama administration is looking to expand developmental and behavioral screening for children across the country.

Behavior Problems May Be Best Addressed At Pediatrician

Kids are much more likely to participate in behavioral and mental health treatment when they can access it directly at their pediatrician’s office, a new study finds.

Teach For America To Bolster Special Education Training

A program that places recent college graduates in teaching positions across the country after just weeks of training says it will beef up its focus on special education.

Kids’ Sleep, Ear Troubles May Point To Autism

Frequent ear infections and waking up multiple times per night are among a growing list of potential early signs of autism, new research suggests.

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