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Bryce Johnson, a fourth-grade student, left, listens to his mentor Xander Van Horn, a seventh grader, talk about inappropriate behavior and reactions in certain social occasions. (Tim Vizer/Belleville News-Democrat/TNS)

Peer Mentors Help Kids With Autism Learn Social Graces

With an increasing number of students on the spectrum, some schools are turning to typically-developing kids to help model appropriate interactions and step in during rough moments.

May 4, 2016

Voc Rehab Often Leads To Low-Paying Jobs For Those With Autism

Most people with autism who receive vocational rehabilitation services exit the program with a job, a new report finds, but such employment is typically part-time and low paid.

May 3, 2016
A judge has dismissed claims against Disney in a lawsuit alleging that the company's disability access policies violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. It's unclear how the ruling will affect dozens of similar lawsuits that are pending. (Chris Heald/Flickr)

Judge Tosses Disability Access Suit Against Disney

In the first of dozens of similar cases, a federal judge has determined that Disney's disability access policy does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

April 29, 2016

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A young man with autism is pictured in the bedroom he rents at a home in California. Despite an increasing number of people on the spectrum entering adulthood, only a small portion of research dollars are focused on the needs of this population. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Autism Research Puts Limited Focus On Services, Lifespan Issues

A new federal report finds that fewer dollars are going toward studying services and the needs of those on the spectrum as they age.

April 26, 2016

Project Aims To Collect DNA From 50,000 With Autism

An unprecedented new effort aims to collect genetic information from tens of thousands with autism and their families in order to learn about the disorder's causes and treatment potential.

April 21, 2016

Study: Autism Costs More Than Double As People Age

State spending on adults with autism is dramatically higher than for children, according to a new analysis that may offer hints of what's to come as more people on the spectrum grow up.

April 19, 2016

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Autism Wandering Bill Gains Momentum In Congress

Federal legislation addressing the needs of kids with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander is one step closer to becoming law.

April 15, 2016
A $1.125 million grant from Google will help the Center for Discovery develop an add-on to allow manual wheelchairs to be quickly converted into power chairs. (

Google Awards Millions For Disability Initiative

Google is doling out millions of dollars all with an eye toward using technology to increase independence for the world's billion people with disabilities.

April 13, 2016

Autism Genes May Be In All Of Us, Researchers Say

Genetic variants responsible for autism exist in varying degrees throughout the population – both in those on the spectrum and among typically-developing individuals – a new study suggests.

April 12, 2016

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A new review of research on more than a million kids suggests that the amount of time parents wait between pregnancies influences a child's risk of autism and other conditions. (Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Birth Spacing May Influence Autism Risk

Waiting too little or too much time between pregnancies may significantly increase the odds that children will have autism or other developmental disabilities, new research suggests.

April 7, 2016

Strip Club Visit Prompts Expanded Special Needs Protections

An unwanted trip to a strip club has led to a first-of-its-kind law allowing those with developmental disabilities to have an expert with them during police interviews.

April 6, 2016

Autism Study Participants May Be Too Homogeneous

Amid a growing body of research on autism interventions, new questions are being raised about a striking lack of diversity among study participants.

April 4, 2016

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