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Debra Caudy and husband Clay Heighten, right, with their son Jon

$12 Million Community Planned For Young Adults With Autism

Inspired by their son, a Texas couple is planning a 29-acre development for those with autism designed so that residents can feel safe without being isolated from the surrounding community.

January 17, 2017
Chuck E. Cheese's

Chuck E. Cheese’s Eyes Autism Market

Children's entertainment center Chuck E. Cheese's is looking to make its offering more accessible to kids with autism and other special needs.

January 13, 2017

Trump Exploring Panel On Vaccine Safety

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has warned of a discredited link between vaccines and autism, said the president-elect asked him to lead a commission "on vaccine safety and scientific integrity."

January 11, 2017

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Students in a physical education class

Study: Exercise May Cut Behavior Issues In Half

Researchers say there may be a simple way to reduce challenging behaviors among those with autism and similar disorders during the school day — add in some exercise.

January 10, 2017

Accessory Dwelling Offers Bridge To Independence

Looking for a cost-effective means to help their son with autism and Down syndrome become more independent, one family built a 288-square-foot accessory dwelling unit next to their home.

January 9, 2017
"Life, Animated"

Autism Documentary To Premiere On A&E

A documentary about a boy with autism that has been short-listed for this year's Academy Award nominations will have its television premiere.

January 5, 2017

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Tony Crawley, left, administers medication through his son Rowan's feeding tube.

Caregiving Costly For Special Needs Families

Families of children with special needs provide billions of dollars in unpaid medical care each year, researchers say, significantly compromising their own ability to earn a living.

January 4, 2017
Logan Slipow walks a bag from a front porch to the car

For Young Man With Autism, Love Of Car Rides Put To Use

Faced with the question of how to help their son with autism find purpose, one family has found a unique way for him to connect with a world he's often disengaged with.

December 16, 2016
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer

Wandering Bill Falls Short

Controversial, last-minute changes proved too much for a bill designed to provide tracking devices and other resources to those with developmental disabilities at risk of wandering.

December 13, 2016

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Man With Asperger’s Tormented At Work, Lawsuit Claims

While working for a member of the New York City Council, a man with Asperger's says he was locked in a basement, humiliated and that decapitated Teddy bears were left on his desk.

December 9, 2016
U.S. Capitol

Autism Tracking Device Bill Clears House

Legislation that would provide tracking devices and resources to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is one step closer to becoming federal law.

December 9, 2016
Students compete with their robots

Inclusion Gains Traction Outside The Classroom

Schools are offering a growing number of activities pairing students with and without disabilities and the trend is moving beyond sports to include offerings like robotics and drama.

December 7, 2016

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