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Nike Improves Shoe Accessibility

Nike is taking steps toward increased accessibility with a new shoe designed to make it even easier for people with disabilities to slip their feet in and out.

March 22, 2017
Actress Lauren Potter

Celebrities Take Aim At ‘Special Needs’

With a new short film, a handful of famous faces are using offbeat humor to question whether the needs of people with Down syndrome truly are "special."

March 21, 2017
Blood samples

Autism May Be Detectable In Blood

Scientists say they can predict with near perfect accuracy whether or not a child has autism from a blood sample.

March 16, 2017

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The U.S. Department of Education

Following Outage, Ed Department Wants Feedback On IDEA Site

After technical problems brought a key government special education website to a screeching halt, federal officials are asking the public for help as they look to reimagine the site.

March 13, 2017

PBS To Broadcast Autism Documentary

The sensory experiences of people on the spectrum take center stage in a new documentary set to air on television.

March 10, 2017
A child with autism participates in behavior therapy

Researchers Identify Possible Autism Biomarker

For the second time in less than a month, researchers are reporting a potential breakthrough in their ability to spot autism signs in children who are less than a year old.

March 6, 2017

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A high school cheer squad includes students with and without disabilities

Poll Finds Widespread Use Of ‘Retard’

Despite the efforts of disability advocates, a new national poll finds use of the word "retard" remains commonplace and many Americans see nothing wrong with it.

March 2, 2017
MRI scan

Brain Stem Size May Predict Aggression In Those With ASD

Biological differences in the brain could explain why some with autism display problematic behavior, researchers say, and pinpointing the root of such issues may lead to interventions.

February 28, 2017

Company Peddling Unproven Autism Treatments Forced To Close

A drug and dietary supplement maker has been ordered to cease operations after the FDA found that it was falsely marketing products as being able to treat autism and other conditions.

February 24, 2017

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Cassandra Burgess-Alex with her son Diallo, who has autism

Study Finds Medicaid Waivers Help Parents Stay Employed

Parents of children with autism are more likely to remain in the workforce if they have access to Medicaid waiver services for their kids, new research suggests.

February 21, 2017
School bus

Education Department Records Uptick In Special Ed Enrollment

The number of American schoolchildren receiving special education services is on the rise.

February 16, 2017
Australian model and designer Madeline Stuart

Model With Down Syndrome Launches Fashion Line

Little more than a year after making headlines for strutting the runway at New York Fashion Week, a model with Down syndrome is back at the iconic event to debut her own clothing line.

February 14, 2017

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