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How People With Special Needs Are Coping With The Pandemic

Both children and adults with developmental disabilities are struggling to adapt to the myriad of changes that the coronavirus pandemic has brought to nearly every facet of life.

July 28, 2020
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Actor With Autism At Center Of New Show

An actor with autism has a key role on a new coming-of-age drama on Apple's streaming service.

July 24, 2020

Interruption Caused By COVID-19 Poses Challenges Beyond Classroom

As schools consider fall reopenings, special education programs are wondering how to make up for lost ground in socially-distanced classrooms where they can no longer use hands-on techniques.

July 17, 2020

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Mask Requirement At Amusement Parks Violates ADA, Suit Claims

Parents of children with autism are suing over the COVID-19 face mask policy at three amusement parks, saying the kids can't wear masks because of their medical conditions.

July 14, 2020

Mom Equips Ambulances With Sensory Kits To Help Children With Autism

An EMT who has a son with severe autism has developed sensory kits to help kids on the spectrum cope with the flashing lights, sirens and other stimuli of an ambulance ride.

July 14, 2020
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Group Home Residents With Developmental Disabilities More Likely To Die From COVID-19

People with developmental disabilities who live in group homes are significantly more likely than others to contract the coronavirus and die from it, a new study finds.

July 13, 2020

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Netflix To Debut Autism Dating Show

A new documentary series is taking an intimate look at the experiences of people with autism in the dating world.

July 8, 2020

Early Intervention Experts Worry The Pandemic Has Hurt Kids With Special Needs

Referrals to early intervention services have plummeted as the COVID-19 pandemic has kept children from day care and other places where concerns about developmental delays often emerge.

June 25, 2020
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Autism Severity Can Evolve Markedly During Childhood

It's long been thought that autism severity remained largely static over a person's lifetime, but new research suggests otherwise.

June 22, 2020

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Amazon Orders Comedic Drama Starring Actors With Autism

The creator of "Parenthood" is bringing a new series about the experiences of three young adults with autism to Amazon.

June 17, 2020
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Despite Recommendations, Genetic Testing Rare Among Those With Autism

It is widely recommended that individuals with autism receive a battery of genetic tests, but new research finds strikingly few people on the spectrum partaking.

June 16, 2020

Mom Accused Of Pushing Son With ASD Into Canal Pleads Not Guilty

A mother accused of pushing her 9-year-old son with severe autism into a canal to drown has pleaded not guilty and may face the death penalty.

June 16, 2020

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