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A man swims in the Trinity River in Dallas. Field tests in recent years have found river sediment with high levels of PCBs. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News/TNS)

Banned Chemicals May Increase Autism Odds

Chemicals banned decades ago still appear to be lingering with a new study finding a significantly higher risk for autism among children exposed to certain compounds during pregnancy.

August 23, 2016
Gladys Soto, the mother of Arnaldo Rios Soto, and the family's attorney, Mathew Dietz, at left, spoke to the media last month. (Carl Juste/The Miami Herald/TNS)

After Police Shooting Near Group Home, A Familiar Failure

A month after a man with developmental disabilities wandered from his group home and found himself at the center of a police shooting, his mother is struggling to get him needed supports.

August 23, 2016
New research finds that parents of children with autism who acquired a dog experienced decreasing stress levels over time, a phenomenon that was not observed among those without the canines. (Andrew Branch/Unsplash)

Dog Ownership May Ease Stress In Autism Families

Having a pet dog around the house may markedly lower stress and offer other benefits for families of children on the spectrum, researchers say.

August 18, 2016

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Early Autism Diagnosis Key To Effective Treatment, Study Finds

Children diagnosed with autism before the age of 4 are more likely to get effective treatment than those who are determined to have the disorder after that threshold, researchers say.

August 16, 2016
Many with autism are attracted to the popular "Pokemon Go" game and say it can promote socialization, exercise and other skills, but experts caution it may not be appropriate for everyone. (Disability Scoop)

‘Pokemon Go’ Has Added Benefits, And Risks, For Those With ASD

Many with autism are attracted to the popular "Pokemon Go" game and say it can promote socialization, exercise and other skills, but experts caution it may not be appropriate for everyone.

August 15, 2016
Adam Paskowitz surfs with Aiden Cullen-Moore, 7, right, while grabbing on to Jeremy Sicile-Kira, 27, who surfed up to them on his boogie board during a Surfers Healing camp at Tourmaline Surf Park near La Jolla, Calif. (Peggy Peattie/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Autism Symptoms Wash Away At Surf Camp

Surf camps held at more than a dozen spots around the globe have become a destination for those with autism and their families.

August 12, 2016

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Study: Younger Siblings Face Higher Autism Risk

Younger siblings of those with autism are over a dozen times more likely than other kids to have the developmental disorder too, a new study suggests.

August 9, 2016

Apartments Offer Inclusive Option For Adults On The Spectrum

A new apartment building is set to open where adults with autism will live alongside typically-developing neighbors.

August 9, 2016
Max Vento stars as Joe Hughes in "The A Word," which will return for a second season next year on SundanceTV. (Rory Mulvey/SundanceTV)

TV Drama Focused On Autism Renewed

A television show built around the story of a family dealing with their child's autism diagnosis will return with more episodes.

August 4, 2016

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Concerns About Overlapping ASD Research Persist

Nearly three years after investigators warned that most federally-funded autism research is "potentially duplicative," a new report finds some improvement but suggests that concerns remain.

August 2, 2016
Bob and Suzanne Wright at an Autism Speaks event in Los Angeles in October 2015. Suzanne Wright died Friday of pancreatic cancer. (Autism Speaks/Mathew Imaging)

Autism Speaks Co-Founder Dies At 69

Suzanne Wright, a co-founder of the nation's largest autism advocacy group, has died.

August 1, 2016

Technology May Help Doctors Learn To Address Autism

Despite the increasing prevalence of autism, many pediatricians remain ill-equipped to identify and support kids with the developmental disorder, but a new approach may help stem that tide.

July 29, 2016

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