Health & Behavior

Spending On Community Living Hits Record

For the first time ever, Medicaid is spending more on community-based services than on institutional care.

$28 Million Effort Aims To Identify Autism Biomarkers

With millions in funding, a public-private partnership is launching a national study aiming to better classify children with autism in order to improve treatment options.

Finding A Formula For ‘Medically Complex’ Kids

The number of children considered medically complex is on the rise, but with a slew of health challenges and costly care, identifying how to best treat them is proving difficult.

‘Miniature Brains’ Reveal An Outsized Secret About Autism

Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism are using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain’s earliest days of development.

Analysis Ranks Best States For Disability Services

A diverse group of states spanning the nation came out on top in an annual ranking of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Speech Disorder More Common In Kids With Autism, Study Finds

New research suggests that an otherwise rare speech disorder may affect nearly two-thirds of kids with autism, a finding that’s prompting calls for greater screening.

Disability Advocates Push Back Against Wage Limits

Employment can be a tricky prospect for people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid to complete even the most basic daily activities since earning too much can mean losing benefits.

For Kids On The Spectrum, Intervention Offers Long-Term Gains

Children who participated in an early intervention designed to target autism symptoms at very young ages are continuing to see benefits from the treatment years later, a new study finds.

Concerns Raised About Special Autism Diets

Putting children with autism on special diets may not be such a good idea, researchers say.

States Consider Better Pay For In-Home Caregivers

As demand grows, some states are trying to improve wages and benefits for disability caregivers, aiming to attract and retain more skilled and dedicated workers in a high-turnover industry.

Disability Advocates Urge FDA To Ban Shock Devices

More than a year after the FDA said it might ban electric-shock devices used to modify behavior in individuals with disabilities, advocates are calling on the agency to take action.

Autism Risk May Vary With Parents’ Age

The odds of having a child with autism appear to go up and down as moms and dads move through life, according to the largest study of its kind.

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