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Down Syndrome Treatment Often Requires Traveling

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As Diagnoses Rise, More Colleges Add Services For Students With Autism

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Founder Of Global Disability Group Accused Of Sex Abuse

The founder of an international network of communities where adults with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together sexually abused a half-dozen women, the group said.

February 25, 2020

Autism

Study Aims To Identify Risk Of Autism Through Newborn Screening

Researchers are using blood collected during routine newborn screening to test whether it is possible to predict if a newborn is at risk for developing autism before symptoms appear.

February 25, 2020

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Mom Claims Son With Disability Booted From Walmart For Making Noise

A 24-year-old man with a disability can make a lot of noise, his family admits. But they were shocked when they say he was asked to leave a Walmart store because of the sounds he was making.

February 25, 2020
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Education

Ed Department: More Students Being Served Under IDEA

The number of American schoolchildren receiving special education services is on the rise and they're increasingly being served in mainstream classrooms at least part of the day.

February 24, 2020

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Health & Behavior

CDC Finds Developmental Disabilities More Common In Rural Areas

Children living in certain areas are more likely to have developmental disabilities, according to a new CDC report, and where a child lives significantly impacts how much help they receive.

February 21, 2020

Politics & Law

Disney Theme Park Accommodations Case Now In Judge’s Hands

With the conclusion of a three-day bench trial, it's up to a federal judge to determine whether changes to Disney's disability access policy are discriminatory.

February 21, 2020

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Feds Say State Violating Law By Limiting Disability Services


Two issues known to be common among children with autism – sleep difficulties and behavior problems – may in fact be linked, a new study suggests. (Thinkstock)

Autism

Doctors Get Guidance On Treating Autism Sleep Problems

Newly released guidelines are aiming to help families and health care providers determine how to best address sleep problems plaguing many young people with autism.

February 19, 2020
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Politics & Law

Disney Goes To Trial Over Theme Park Disability Access Policy

People with autism and other developmental disabilities could soon return to front-of-line status at Disney theme parks, depending on the outcome of a trial getting underway in federal court.

February 18, 2020

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Health & Behavior

Senators Push FDA To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

Several U.S. senators are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to follow through with a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

February 18, 2020

Autism

How Interior Design Can Be A Tool In Managing Life With Autism

The right interior design can help children and adults manage the anxiety and behaviors that typically accompany autism, improving life for them and other members of their families.

February 18, 2020

Education

Do Special Ed Judges Need Law Degrees?

In a bid to address a shortage of special education judges, one state is proposing allowing individuals without law degrees to hear student complaints.

February 18, 2020

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Autism

Marking 15 Years, Autism Speaks Rebrands


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Education

School Calls Cops On 6-Year-Old With Down Syndrome

When a girl with Down syndrome pointed a finger gun at her teacher and said 'I shoot you,' the police were called even though the school recognized she had no intention of harming anyone.

February 14, 2020
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Politics & Law

Trump Budget Calls For Cuts To Disability Programs

President Donald Trump is proposing cuts to countless programs benefiting people with disabilities, advocates say, touching everything from Medicaid to employment and autism treatment.

February 13, 2020

Living

Unable To Find Girl Scout Troop For Kids With Special Needs, These Moms Started One

A pair of moms created a Girl Scout troop for those with cognitive needs, modifying the program for kids who are nonverbal while also joining other troops to do typical scouting activities.

February 12, 2020
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