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Brian Schwanwede, who has Asperger's syndrome, enjoys lunch with fellow students on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. A U.S. senator is asking the U.S. Department of Education to make it easier for students with disabilities to learn about accommodations available on college campuses. (Kevin R. Wexler/The Record/TNS)

Greater Transparency Urged For College Disability Services

Amid concerns from advocates, a U.S. senator is calling on federal education officials to make information about disability services at the nation's colleges more readily available.

November 20, 2015
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said new guidance clarifying that IEP goals should align with grade-level standards will help ensure that students with disabilities are prepared for college and career. (U.S. Department of Education/Flickr)

Feds: IEPs Should Align With Grade-Level Standards

Beyond offering a free appropriate public education, IEPs for students with disabilities should meet grade-level requirements, federal education officials say.

November 17, 2015

CDC Survey Finds Autism On The Rise

Autism may affect as many as 1 in 45 American children, according to a new government survey.

November 13, 2015

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Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio is adding a multimillion-dollar water park that’s expected to open in 2017. (Morgan’s Wonderland)

Water Park In The Works For Those With Special Needs

Five years after establishing the world's first fully-accessible theme park, construction is underway on a water park where every attraction promises to be disability-friendly.

November 11, 2015
Rutgers University plans to offer adults with autism vocational and housing opportunities on its campus. (Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University)

University To Employ, House Adults With Autism

In what's being billed as a first-of-its-kind effort, a major university is looking to create housing and employment opportunities for adults on the spectrum.

November 10, 2015

Jury Awards $150K After Man With Down Syndrome Mocked Online

A federal jury has awarded a man with Down syndrome $150,000 after a photograph of him was doctored and misappropriated on the Internet.

November 6, 2015

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Study: No Downside To Eliminating Asperger’s Label

When Asperger's syndrome was dropped from the DSM, the change prompted concerns about increased stigma, but a new study finds those fears may be unfounded.

November 5, 2015
Having a child with a developmental disability does not increase the odds that parents will divorce, researchers say. (Thinkstock)

Parents Of Kids With Disabilities Buck Divorce Trend

Parents of those with developmental disabilities are no more likely to divorce than other moms and dads, new research suggests, but different factors are at play.

November 3, 2015

Autism Speaks Co-Founder Ill

The nation's largest autism advocacy group says that one of its co-founders has cancer and will step aside for the time being.

November 3, 2015

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Following Hiatus, Federal Autism Panel Returns

A federal autism advisory panel will reconvene next month after going dark for more than a year.

October 30, 2015
The family of a Michigan girl with cerebral palsy is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their case. (Thinkstock)

Supreme Court Asked To Weigh In On Service Dog Case

A court case pitting a girl with cerebral palsy against school officials who tried to deny her access to her service dog may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 30, 2015

Government Study Suggests Autism Overdiagnosed

With as many as 1 in 10 children with autism ultimately losing their diagnosis, a new government study suggests some kids placed on the spectrum shouldn't be.

October 27, 2015

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