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Telehealth may offer benefits for families of kids with autism, new research suggests, and could be particularly useful for those living in rural or medically-underserved areas. (Thinkstock)

Online Autism Training Shows Promise For Families

As researchers look for ways to help parents better interact with their kids on the spectrum, a new study suggests that families may be able to boost their skills without even leaving home.

May 24, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor is giving disability providers more time to comply with a new rule expanding overtime pay amid concerns that the change could negatively impact services for people with disabilities. (Glenn Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Disability Providers Get Reprieve From New Wage Rule

Disability providers are getting extra leeway as the Obama administration moves forward with a new rule that many worried could force service cuts for people with special needs.

May 19, 2016
ABC's "Speechless" stars Mason Cook as Ray, Kyla Kenedy as Dylan, John Ross Bowie as Jimmy, Minnie Driver as Maya, Micah Fowler as JJ and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth. (Kevin Foley/ABC)

ABC Picks Up Comedy Focusing On Special Needs

A major television network is set to air a comedy about a family with a child who has special needs.

May 16, 2016

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IDEA Applies No Matter Where Kids Call Home, Feds Say

Federal officials are reminding states and schools that they have an obligation to provide special education services to kids with disabilities even if they live in institutional settings.

May 12, 2016

First ABLE Accounts Expected This Summer

A year and a half after legislation paved the way for people with disabilities to save without jeopardizing their government benefits, the first accounts are poised to become available.

May 10, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights received more than 4,800 complaints of disability discrimination during fiscal year 2015 touching on everything from accessibility to harassment and testing issues. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Complaints To Education Department Largely Disability-Related

As the U.S. Department of Education fielded a record number of civil rights complaints last year, the agency said nearly half alleged some form of disability discrimination.

May 5, 2016

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Voc Rehab Often Leads To Low-Paying Jobs For Those With Autism

Most people with autism who receive vocational rehabilitation services exit the program with a job, a new report finds, but such employment is typically part-time and low paid.

May 3, 2016
A judge has dismissed claims against Disney in a lawsuit alleging that the company's disability access policies violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. It's unclear how the ruling will affect dozens of similar lawsuits that are pending. (Chris Heald/Flickr)

Judge Tosses Disability Access Suit Against Disney

In the first of dozens of similar cases, a federal judge has determined that Disney's disability access policy does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

April 29, 2016
David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks, and Gary Levine, the company's president of programming, speak at an executive panel earlier this year in Pasadena, Calif. Showtime has come under fire from disability advocates for airing programming mocking people with special needs. (Eric Charbonneau/AP Invision for Showtime)

Showtime Under Fire For Airing ‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine

Showtime is taking heat for a comedy special it's airing that includes repeated use of the word "retard" and mocking of people with intellectual disability.

April 27, 2016

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A young man with autism is pictured in the bedroom he rents at a home in California. Despite an increasing number of people on the spectrum entering adulthood, only a small portion of research dollars are focused on the needs of this population. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Autism Research Puts Limited Focus On Services, Lifespan Issues

A new federal report finds that fewer dollars are going toward studying services and the needs of those on the spectrum as they age.

April 26, 2016
The FDA wants to ban electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior citing an "unreasonable and substantial" risk to public health. (FDA/Flickr)

FDA Moves To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

The FDA is moving forward with plans to ban devices used to administer electric shocks to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

April 22, 2016

Project Aims To Collect DNA From 50,000 With Autism

An unprecedented new effort aims to collect genetic information from tens of thousands with autism and their families in order to learn about the disorder's causes and treatment potential.

April 21, 2016

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