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With Caregiver Pay Hike, States Warned About ADA Obligations

As new rules roll out mandating better pay for in-home care workers, federal officials say states must not compromise the rights of people with disabilities in the process.

Mounting Evidence Points To Air Pollution, Autism Link

Exposure to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy — particularly during later stages — may double a woman’s risk of having a child with autism, a new Harvard study suggests.

Feds Inch Closer To Disability Hiring Goal

The federal government added people with disabilities to its payroll at a higher rate last year than at any other time in the last three decades.

Disability-Related Hate Crimes Down

The number of reported hate crimes targeting people with disabilities fell last year, the FBI says.

Half Of Medicaid Providers Unavailable, Report Finds

A significant number of doctors purportedly accepting Medicaid are not actually offering treatment to the program’s beneficiaries, a new investigation finds.

Hiring Uptick Fails To Spur Disability Employment

Despite overall job market gains, people with disabilities are struggling to keep up, new figures from the U.S. Department of Labor suggest.

Researchers Identify Autism ‘Thought-Marker’

Autism diagnosis currently relies on clinical evaluation, but a new study suggests it may be possible to detect the disorder with near perfect accuracy using brain scans.

Cancer Drug May Play Role In Treating Fragile X

A potential cancer treatment may also relieve behavioral symptoms of a condition associated with autism and intellectual disability, researchers say.

Teens Get Community Service In Ice Bucket Case

Three teens who dumped urine, tobacco and spit on a 15-year-old with autism who thought he was participating in the “ice bucket challenge” have been ordered to do community service.

Seinfeld Now Says He Doesn’t Have Autism

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is backing off comments he made earlier this month suggesting that he may be on the autism spectrum.

Pope Looks To Destigmatize Autism

For the first time, Pope Francis is set to meet with individuals with autism and their families during an international conference on the developmental disorder.

Minorities Often Skipped In Autism Identification

The number of schoolchildren with autism has increased nationwide in recent years, but a new study suggests that some kids are still being overlooked.

Study Offers Clues To Soaring Autism Rates

The substantial rise in autism in recent years is primarily, but not entirely, due to changes in how the developmental disorder is defined and reported, a new study suggests.

Teens Admit To Charges In Ice Bucket Case

Three teens admitted this week to dumping a bucket containing urine, tobacco and spit on a 15-year-old with autism who thought he was participating in the “ice bucket challenge.”

More With Disabilities Finding Jobs

As the job market shows signs of improvement, statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor suggest people with disabilities are making gains as well.

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