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Advocates Caution Against Autism Connection In School Shooting

After news reports indicated that the school shooter in Florida may be on the spectrum, autism advocates are working to dispel links between violence and the developmental disability.

February 20, 2018
Budget

Trump Budget Draws Strong Opposition From Advocates

President Donald Trump is calling for modifications to Medicaid and Social Security alongside cuts to federal spending on many programs that benefit people with disabilities.

February 16, 2018
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos greets college students

Disability Nonprofit Among Groups To Receive Betsy DeVos’ Salary

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will give away her entire salary from her first year on the job and some of the money is headed to a nonprofit serving those with disabilities.

February 14, 2018

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U.S. Department of Education

Feds Disclose Schools Under Investigation For Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Education is making it easier to find out when a school is under investigation for violating the civil rights of students with disabilities.

February 8, 2018

Researchers Develop 2-Minute Autism Screening Tool

New research suggests that a quick questionnaire may be highly accurate at flagging children for autism.

February 6, 2018
Journal Autism covers

Autism Journal Abandons Puzzle Piece

A major autism research journal is moving away from using a puzzle piece as a symbol of the developmental disorder months after a study found the imagery evokes negative connotations.

February 2, 2018

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FDA

FDA Grants ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ Status To Potential Autism Drug

A major pharmaceutical company says it has received a designation from the Food and Drug Administration to help expedite what could be the first drug to treat the core symptoms of autism.

January 30, 2018
Mother and son

Trump Signs Family Caregivers Act

A new law will require the federal government to develop a national strategy to address the needs of family caregivers, including those supporting people with developmental disabilities.

January 25, 2018
Delta plane at gate

Delta Cracking Down On Service, Support Animals

It may soon be a little harder to fly with a service or support animal as one of the nation's largest airlines looks to weed out biting, urination and other misbehavior on its planes.

January 23, 2018

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A staffer at a group home lifts a resident from her bed

Government Watchdog Warns Of Group Home Dangers

Injuries, serious medical conditions and even deaths of those with developmental disabilities living in group homes often are not looked into and go unreported, federal investigators say.

January 18, 2018

Being Bilingual May Be A Plus For Kids With Autism

Speaking more than one language may offer a significant advantage for children with autism that goes well beyond communication, a new study suggests.

January 16, 2018
School classroom

Feds: Students With Disabilities Illegally Denied Special Education

Federal education officials say that for more than a decade Texas delayed and ultimately denied special education services to thousands of students with disabilities.

January 11, 2018

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