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Wandering is a significant issue for children with developmental disabilities, with a new study estimating that more than 1 in 4 kids with autism, intellectual disability or developmental delay eloped in the last year alone. (Thinkstock)

Study: Wandering A ‘Pervasive Problem’ For Kids With Disabilities

More than a quarter of children with developmental disabilities wander away from safe environments each year, a new study suggests, and those with autism appear to be at greatest risk.

February 11, 2016
Printed copies of the president's budget for the 2017 fiscal year are delivered to the Senate Budget Committee hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/TNS)

Under Obama Budget, Disability Program Funding Little Changed

President Barack Obama's $4.1 trillion budget includes a bump in funds for special education programs serving young kids, but spending on school-age children would largely remain flat.

February 9, 2016
A new study suggests that the beta-blocker propranolol may improve communication skills in those with autism. (Thinkstock)

Drug May Jump-Start Communication In Those With Autism

A widely-available medication may be able to significantly improve conversation skills in individuals with autism with as little as one dose, a new study suggests.

February 4, 2016

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Girl With Down Syndrome Sues ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrity

The family of a girl with Down syndrome is seeking millions from a "Dancing with the Stars" cast member after he allegedly shared a misappropriated photo and defamed her on social media.

February 2, 2016
SundanceTV has obtained rights to air the BBC One drama "The A-Word," which focuses on the family of a boy with autism. (Rory Mulvey/BBC)

Autism Family Drama Coming To TV

A one-hour drama about a family with a young child who has just been diagnosed with autism is headed to television.

January 28, 2016
Chinese scientists say they have replicated autism-like behaviors in macaque monkeys like these. (Thinkstock)

In Bid To Understand Autism, Scientists Turn To Monkeys

Researchers say they've genetically engineered monkeys to display autism-like behaviors in a development that could advance what's known about the developmental disorder and how to treat it.

January 26, 2016

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A new report is highlighting a deep divide in graduation rates for students with disabilities as compared to their typically-developing peers. (Jason E. Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Graduation Rates Lagging For Students With Disabilities

As the nation sees record-setting high school graduation rates, a new report finds that students with disabilities are struggling to keep up.

January 22, 2016
President Barack Obama signs a compromise $1.1 trillion spending package that funds the government through September 2016 in the Oval Office at the White House. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Feds Boost Spending On Special Ed, Disability Programs

With funding gains for special education, housing and other disability programs, advocates say the federal government's latest budget is a step in the right direction.

January 19, 2016

Autism Speaks Names New President

The nation's largest autism advocacy group is getting a new leader who's ripe with experience from some of the nonprofit sector's biggest names.

January 15, 2016

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Bill Would Expand Access To Community Living

At present, it's often far easier for people with disabilities to receive institutional care than community-based supports, but proposed legislation would ensure equal access to both.

January 12, 2016
A machine processes stacks of one dollar bills at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington. New tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities will be more broadly available thanks to a change to federal law. (Thinkstock)

ABLE Accounts May Be Available Sooner Than Expected

A tweak to federal law is poised to greatly expand choice and speed up availability of accounts allowing people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.

January 11, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation is fining United Airlines $2 million after noticing a "significant increase" in disability-related complaints from passengers in 2014. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Airline Fined $2 Million Over Accessibility Complaints

United Airlines is facing millions in federal fines for failing to properly accommodate travelers with disabilities on numerous occasions.

January 8, 2016

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