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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is up slightly as more people seek work, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.
The ability to access a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider can vary dramatically depending on where you live.
With a new initiative, the Obama administration is looking to expand developmental and behavioral screening for children across the country.
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.
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.
Frequent ear infections and waking up multiple times per night are among a growing list of potential early signs of autism, new research suggests.