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‘Asperger’s Are Us’ Documents Four Comics Who Aspire For More

A unique comedy troupe comprised of young adults on the spectrum is the focus of a new coming-of-age documentary.

December 2, 2016
A boy with autism

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

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Rhodes Scholar Thrives With Service Dog’s Help

Each year, 95 winners from around the world are chosen for their academic records, leadership skills and public service efforts to become Rhodes Scholars. This time, one has autism.

November 29, 2016

For Kids With Special Needs, A Trail Of Their Own

While typical playgrounds can be overwhelming for children with disabilities, a new sensory trail is designed to provide cognitive and physical benefits geared toward their needs.

November 18, 2016

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

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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

College-Bound Students With Autism Learn To Navigate Campus Life

Teenagers on the spectrum are getting a dry run at college with the help of a new boarding program that aims to prepare them for the social side of higher education.

November 11, 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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Autism Drug Trial Underway

Researchers are hopeful that a new clinical drug trial based on research linking diet and brain development could yield a treatment that addresses core symptoms of autism.

November 8, 2016
A caregiver assists a man with autism.

Report Finds Caregiver Fraud Widespread

A government watchdog report finds rampant fraud — in some cases involving severe neglect and death — in a program designed to provide in-home care for people with disabilities.

November 8, 2016
Toys R Us

Toys R Us Testing Special Needs Accommodations

As the holiday season approaches, a national retailer is exploring ways to make shopping more friendly for kids with special needs and their families.

November 4, 2016

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