Menu Skip to content
Search Facebook Twitter

Latest News

Virtual World Shows Promise For Teaching Social Skills

Engaging in social situations in a virtual environment may significantly improve real-world interactions for young people with autism, new research suggests.

September 27, 2016

Study: Autism Moms Face Greater Risk Of Heart Disease

Raising a child with autism may take a deeper toll than previously thought with new research suggesting that such moms face a heightened risk of heart disease.

September 23, 2016

Over $24 Million Tagged For Disability Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor is sending millions of dollars to states and organizations, all earmarked to improve the employment odds facing people with disabilities.

September 20, 2016

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

The U.S. Department of Education is settling a dispute with South Carolina over the state's "maintenance of effort" obligations for funding special education. (Shutterstock)

Feds, State Make Nice Over Special Ed Dispute

A long-running disagreement over special education funding is coming to a close.

September 15, 2016
The A&E series "Born This Way," which features seven young adults with Down syndrome, won the Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

‘Born This Way’ Scores Emmy Win

A reality show following the lives of seven young adults with developmental disabilities has come out on top, winning an Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program.

September 12, 2016
New guidelines from the U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities indicate that countries have a responsibility to ensure that their educational systems are fully-inclusive. (Shutterstock)

UN Panel Calls For Inclusive Education

Being educated in an inclusive environment is a basic right for students with disabilities, according to a new set of guidelines from the United Nations.

September 7, 2016

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Fewer With Disabilities Employed, Data Shows

The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is edging up as less people in this population actively seek work, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

September 6, 2016

Autism Genes Vary, Even Among Siblings

Within families with multiple kids on the spectrum, varying genetic roots are often at play, according to a new study that's highlighting just how complicated the developmental disorder is.

August 30, 2016
Taking a diabetes drug may reduce the risk of weight gain in children with autism who are prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests. (Thinkstock)

For Kids On The Spectrum, Drug May Keep Weight Gain At Bay

Weight gain is often a downside of taking medication to address autism symptoms, but a new study suggests that a commonly-used drug may counteract this unwanted side effect.

August 25, 2016

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

A man swims in the Trinity River in Dallas. Field tests in recent years have found river sediment with high levels of PCBs. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News/TNS)

Banned Chemicals May Increase Autism Odds

Chemicals banned decades ago still appear to be lingering with a new study finding a significantly higher risk for autism among children exposed to certain compounds during pregnancy.

August 23, 2016
New research finds that parents of children with autism who acquired a dog experienced decreasing stress levels over time, a phenomenon that was not observed among those without the canines. (Andrew Branch/Unsplash)

Dog Ownership May Ease Stress In Autism Families

Having a pet dog around the house may markedly lower stress and offer other benefits for families of children on the spectrum, researchers say.

August 18, 2016
A new report finds that Americans with disabilities account for a larger share of eligible voters than either African-Americans or Latinos. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Disability Could Play Outsized Role In Election

The number of potential voters with disabilities is on the rise and now exceeds that of either African-Americans or Latinos in this country, according to a new report.

August 16, 2016

Sign up today for
the Disability Scoop

Sign up for our newsletter

Get the latest developmental disability news from Disability Scoop sent straight to your inbox.