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The documentary "Life, Animated," which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival, will be released theatrically later this year. (Tom Bergmann)

Following Sundance Win, Autism Documentary To Hit Theaters

A documentary focusing on the coming-of-age story of a boy on the spectrum is headed to theaters later this year after picking up an award at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival.

February 8, 2016
A new study suggests that the beta-blocker propranolol may improve communication skills in those with autism. (Thinkstock)

Drug May Jump-Start Communication In Those With Autism

A widely-available medication may be able to significantly improve conversation skills in individuals with autism with as little as one dose, a new study suggests.

February 4, 2016

Meltdown Leads To Felony Charge For Teen On The Spectrum

An 18-year-old with autism is awaiting trial on a felony assault charge that his parents say criminalizes behavior that's a direct result of their son's disability.

February 1, 2016

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Maternal Obesity, Diabetes ‘Substantially’ Raise ASD Risk

A major new study could shed light on some of the maternal health factors that may increase children's risk of developing autism.

January 29, 2016
SundanceTV has obtained rights to air the BBC One drama "The A-Word," which focuses on the family of a boy with autism. (Rory Mulvey/BBC)

Autism Family Drama Coming To TV

A one-hour drama about a family with a young child who has just been diagnosed with autism is headed to television.

January 28, 2016
Chinese scientists say they have replicated autism-like behaviors in macaque monkeys like these. (Thinkstock)

In Bid To Understand Autism, Scientists Turn To Monkeys

Researchers say they've genetically engineered monkeys to display autism-like behaviors in a development that could advance what's known about the developmental disorder and how to treat it.

January 26, 2016

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Kim Wagaman, right, a behavioral therapist, takes Dustin Strasser, left, and Evan Roth, center, out for ice cream. Wagaman runs a weekly group designed to help adults with autism develop their social skills so that they can be successful at work and in the community. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Group Helps Young Adults With Autism Fit In

For adults with autism who are not quite independent, one group is offering a fun, laid-back environment to regularly interact with people beyond family members.

January 22, 2016

Motor Home At Center Of Accommodation Dispute

The parents of a woman with severe disabilities are suing after their HOA refused to allow them to park a motor home they bought to take their daughter to medical appointments.

January 20, 2016
Howard County Police Department recruit Michael Scanlon, left, talks with Jane Plapinger and her 13-year-old son Dave, who has autism. The recruits attended a pool party with the Howard County Autism Society to get first-hand experience on interacting with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun/TNS)

Police Get Schooled On Special Needs Interactions

Three years after a man with Down syndrome died in a struggle with sheriff's deputies, police recruits in one state are taking part in mandatory disability training.

January 19, 2016

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Autism Speaks Names New President

The nation's largest autism advocacy group is getting a new leader who's ripe with experience from some of the nonprofit sector's biggest names.

January 15, 2016

Research Sought To Evaluate Art Therapy For Those With Autism

Despite anecdotal evidence, there is no rigorous scientific proof that art therapy benefits people on the spectrum, but efforts are now underway to change that.

January 7, 2016
In her bid to become the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton is proposing new efforts aimed at improving services for children and adults with autism. (Joyce Marshall/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Clinton Unveils Plan To Increase Autism Services

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton wants to expand autism insurance coverage and job opportunities for those on the spectrum while curtailing the use of restraint and seclusion.

January 5, 2016

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