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Fate Of Wandering Bill In Limbo

A last-minute twist that caught advocates by surprise is threatening to derail legislation to create new federal resources for those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

December 1, 2016
Ford headquarters

Ford Expands Autism Hiring Initiative

Just months after launching a pilot program aimed at hiring people on the spectrum, a major American automaker is looking to ramp up the effort.

November 29, 2016
Aerial view of neighborhood

Cities Warned On Restricting Group Homes

Homes where people with disabilities live should not face requirements or conditions different from those where typically-developing individuals reside, according to new federal guidance.

November 18, 2016

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Biomarkers May Predict Autism Treatment Success

While it's clear that early intervention improves outcomes for kids with autism, choosing the right treatment for a particular child remains guesswork, but that could soon change.

November 17, 2016
A smartphone app for autism screening

App Screens For Autism With 94 Percent Accuracy, Researchers Say

A smartphone app could dramatically speed up the process of screening children for autism, potentially offering feedback in less than a minute.

November 15, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence

Trump Win Brings Uncertainty On Disability Policy

Advocates are keeping tight-lipped in the wake of Donald Trump's surprise victory with little known about how the president-elect may shape policies vital to people with disabilities.

November 10, 2016

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Speechless

Disability Portrayals On TV At Record High

The number of characters with disabilities on prime-time television is on the rise, with a new report finding such representation nearly doubled since last year.

November 7, 2016
The Justice Department

Segregated Employment, Day Programs May Violate ADA

Just as people with disabilities have a right to live in the community, the U.S. Department of Justice is warning states that the same rights apply to employment and other activities too.

November 3, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple Doubling Down On Accessibility

As tech-giant Apple rolls out its newest products, the company is placing a special emphasis on people with disabilities.

November 1, 2016

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Feds Exceed Disability Hiring Goal

Six years ago, President Barack Obama set an ambitious goal to ramp up hiring of people with disabilities. Now, the administration says it has surpassed even its own expectations.

October 28, 2016
A surgeon carries a donated harvested kidney that he is preparing to transplant. Members of Congress are calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidance regarding the rights of people with disabilities seeking organ transplants. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)

Disability No Reason To Deny Organ Transplants, Lawmakers Say

Members of Congress are pressing the Obama administration to issue guidance clarifying that life-saving organ transplants should not be denied because of a person's developmental disability.

October 24, 2016
In a letter to the FDA, members of the U.S. Senate are urging the agency to move "expeditiously" to finalize a rule barring electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior. (FDA/Flickr)

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

A group of U.S. senators is pushing the FDA to finalize a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

October 20, 2016

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