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Trump Focus On ASD Misplaced, Advocates Say

At a White House gathering this week, President Donald Trump expressed concern about a "tremendous increase" in autism, but experts caution that his rhetoric doesn't tell the whole story.

February 17, 2017
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Education Department Records Uptick In Special Ed Enrollment

The number of American schoolchildren receiving special education services is on the rise.

February 16, 2017
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In Breakthrough, Researchers Detect Autism Signs In Infants

For the first time, a new study suggests it's possible to predict within the first year of life if a child will develop autism.

February 15, 2017

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Temple Grandin Named To Women’s Hall Of Fame

Autism self-advocate Temple Grandin is one of 10 notables who will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame later this year.

February 14, 2017

Managed Care Putting Kids With Disabilities At Risk, Parents Say

Recent changes to a state program — which provides aid for children whose conditions require round-the-clock care — have caused alarming and widespread problems, an investigation finds.

February 14, 2017
A vial containing the MMR vaccine

In Light Of Autism Comments, White House Prodded On Vaccines

Hundreds of organizations — including many of the nation's leading autism and disability advocacy groups — have written to President Donald Trump in an effort to dispel fears about vaccines.

February 9, 2017

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Study Finds Law Boosted Services For Kids On The Spectrum

Children with autism are receiving more services at no added cost to their families thanks to a federal law that requires expanded mental health coverage, researchers say.

February 7, 2017
Consuelo Martinez watches her daughter Chelsea, who has autism, play the violin

Study: For Those With Autism, Fixations Can Be Beneficial

Parents and teachers should do more to embrace the preferred interests of those with autism, researchers say, pointing out that such aptitudes can be calming and form the basis for careers.

February 3, 2017

Condo-Like Housing Model Offers Independence With Supports

Blending features of a boarding house and a condominium, a unique approach to housing is offering an alternative to living with family for adults with developmental disabilities.

January 30, 2017

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NFL Looks To Accommodate Fans With ASD

In what's being called a first, the NFL will make Sunday's Pro Bowl "autism friendly," offering fans on the spectrum noise-canceling headphones, stress-relief squeeze toys and a safe room.

January 25, 2017

GI Treatment May Improve Behavior In Kids With Autism

Researchers say they are cautiously optimistic about a small study that showed that fecal transplants improved both gastrointestinal and behavioral symptoms in children with autism.

January 24, 2017

‘Life, Animated’ Gets Oscar Nod

A film chronicling the coming-of-age story of a man with autism has been nominated for an Academy Award.

January 24, 2017

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