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Research Points To Genetic Link To Cerebral Palsy

A new study finds a stronger genetic link to cerebral palsy than previously thought prompting researchers to recommend genetic testing for those with the most common form of the condition.

August 22, 2017

Study: Early Intervention Pays Off Quickly

Intensive early intervention for kids with autism can be extremely costly, but new research finds that such treatment can pay for itself in short order.

August 18, 2017

Behavior Therapy Benefits Parents Too, Study Finds

Behavior therapy for kids with autism can have an impact that goes far beyond the child, new research suggests, with parents who play an active role in treatment seeing major gains as well.

August 15, 2017

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Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks Retooling Scientific Agenda

Less than a year after dropping references to finding a cure from its mission statement, Autism Speaks is looking for input amid a revamp of its scientific priorities.

August 4, 2017

Federal Panel Wants Autism Funding Doubled

A federal autism committee is calling for a twofold increase in funds dedicated to researching the developmental disorder by 2020.

August 1, 2017
U.S. Sen. John McCain

Disability Advocates Relieved By Failure Of Health Bill

Advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a pared down health care repeal was rejected by the U.S. Senate, but they say that threats to disability services remain.

July 28, 2017

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Demonstrators at the Hart Senate Office Building

Dozens With Disabilities Arrested On Capitol Hill

After the U.S. Senate narrowly voted to begin debate on a health care bill that includes sweeping changes to Medicaid, several dozen protesters with disabilities were arrested.

July 26, 2017

Study: School Culture, Policies Drive Use Of Restraint And Seclusion

New research suggests that local factors may play the biggest role in determining how likely students with disabilities are to experience restraint and seclusion at school.

July 25, 2017
Republican senators outside White House

Prospect Of Cuts To Disability Services Looms Large

With a vote anticipated on a Republican health care plan that would fundamentally transform Medicaid, disability advocates say the threat to disability services remains very real.

July 21, 2017

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

DeVos Wants More Options For Students In Special Education

In her first speech centering on special ed, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said students with disabilities deserve better and her agency will work to provide more choices for families.

July 18, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Disability Services Remain In Peril Under Revised Health Bill

Despite a nod to the vulnerability of home and community-based services under a Senate GOP health care bill, disability advocates say a new version of the proposal does little to quell fears.

July 14, 2017
School classroom

Feds Find Fewer States Meeting Special Ed Obligations

Less than half of states are meeting their obligations to appropriately serve students with disabilities under the nation's special education law, federal education officials say.

July 11, 2017

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