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Employing Staff On The Spectrum, Car Wash Looks To Expand

A car wash built to employ people with autism has found enough success to expand to a third location that's expected to be fully staffed by those with the developmental disorder.

January 19, 2021

Lawsuit: Teen With Autism Died After Police Sat On Him For More Than 9 Minutes

The parents of a teen with severe autism who died last year have sued claiming that seven officers restrained the teen face-down for more than nine minutes while responding to a meltdown.

January 18, 2021
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Autism Families Report Major Impacts From Pandemic

A new survey finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted autism symptoms to worsen and "significant, ongoing disruptions to therapies" for those on the spectrum.

January 15, 2021

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Cats May Improve Social Skills In Kids With Autism

Adopting a cat can make a big difference for kids with autism, new research suggests.

January 12, 2021

Newborn Screening May Contain Autism Clues

A simple, routine test may be able to detect autism in newborn children, researchers say.

January 8, 2021

Teacher Dumped Student With Autism In Trash Can, Lawsuit Says

One special education teacher had a favorite technique for disciplining her students: She would drop the first- and second-graders into a trash can, then forcibly keep them there.

January 4, 2021

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Kids With Autism See IQs Rise With Age, Study Finds

IQ is generally expected to remain stable over time, but new research suggests that the measure increases significantly for those with autism during adolescence and early adulthood.

December 18, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Takes Toll On Disability Community

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been especially vulnerable to the social and emotional upheaval brought on by the pandemic and they face heightened health risks too.

December 9, 2020
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This Company Reinvented The Computer Mouse For Kids With Special Needs

The multi-sensory fidget mouse is specially designed with elements from a fidget toy to increase focus for those with developmental disabilities.

December 2, 2020

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It May Be The Most Important Test Of A Child’s Life. Most Aren’t Getting It

Many children with developmental delays aren't diagnosed until they hit the school system, which can have life-long ramifications. Early childhood advocates are working to change that.

November 30, 2020
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Upcoming Movie ‘Music’ Under Fire For Autism Portrayal

Pop singer Sia is facing backlash for casting a typically-developing actor to play a teen with autism in a forthcoming film she directed that also stars Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr.

November 30, 2020

Autism Resulted In His Rights Being Stripped Away. He Just Won Them Back

After years under guardianship, a man with autism is now able to vote, buy a house or travel when he wants and advocates hope more people with disabilities follow in his footsteps.

November 20, 2020

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