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Police Shooting Traumatized Son With Autism, Mom Says

The mother of a man with autism whose caretaker was shot by police near his group home says her son is traumatized from the incident and has landed in a hospital psychiatric wing.

July 25, 2016
Yielding to "market forces," UnitedHealthcare said it plans to include ABA coverage in all of its small and large group health insurance policies starting next year. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

In First, Insurer To Offer ABA Coverage Nationwide

The nation's largest health insurer says it will soon include coverage of applied behavior analysis in every group plan it offers.

July 22, 2016

Bullet That Struck Caretaker Was Meant For Man With Autism

A man with autism who wandered away from his group home was the intended target of an officer who instead shot the behavior assistant trying to help him, the head of the police union said.

July 22, 2016

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Caretaker Helping Man With Autism Shot By Police

When a 23-year-old with autism wandered into the street, a behavior assistant went to retrieve him only to be shot by police responding to the situation.

July 21, 2016
A federal program to address wandering among individuals with Alzheimer's disease would be expanded to include those with autism and other developmental disabilities under a bill approved by the U.S. Senate. (Jim Killock/Flickr)

Wandering Bill Gains Senate Approval

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved legislation to provide tracking devices and other resources to help kids with autism and developmental disabilities at risk of wandering.

July 15, 2016

Despite Federal Directive, Some With Autism Still Denied ABA

While some state Medicaid programs acted quickly to add coverage for ABA in response to a federal bulletin two years ago, kids with autism in other areas are still being denied the therapy.

July 13, 2016

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Preston Rogers, 15, skates at Johnson Spring Park in Rocklin, Calif., with another visitor. Preston takes part in SkateMD, a program that teaches children and teenagers with disabilities to skateboard as a way to motivate and encourage them. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Skateboard Clinic Teaches Kids With Disabilities Life Skills

An innovative new therapy, skateboarding is helping children with developmental disabilities build strength, balance and coordination while also overcoming social anxieties.

July 12, 2016
"The A Word," which finds the Hughes family adapting to 5-year-old Joe's autism diagnosis, begins July 13 on SundanceTV. (Rory Mulvey/Sundance)

Autism At Center Of New TV Drama

One family's experience with a child on the spectrum is at the heart of a drama premiering on television this summer.

June 24, 2016

Families Face Indefinite Wait For Services

Adults with developmental disabilities and their families are finding out that even being on an "emergency" waiting list for waiver services can mean joining a list 5,000 people deep.

June 24, 2016

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Federal Panel Seeks Input On Autism

A federal autism advisory panel is looking for public feedback as it prepares to update the government's priorities for addressing the developmental disorder for the first time in years.

June 21, 2016

Teen With ASD Is Face Of Family Business

In search of a post-high school path for their son with autism, one family decided to open a mobile shaved ice stand and they say the teen is the reason for their success.

June 21, 2016
An analysis of dozens of studies shows that a growing number of youths with autism and intellectual disability are being prescribed antipsychotics. (Thinkstock)

More With Developmental Disabilities Medicated, Study Finds

Young people with autism and intellectual disability account for a burgeoning number of those prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests.

June 17, 2016

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