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Autism Now Affects 1 In 36 Kids, CDC Says

Autism rates across the country continue to climb, but for the first time, the demographics of children diagnosed with the developmental disability are starting to shift in a big way.

March 23, 2023
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Disneyland Rebuilds Mickey’s Toontown From The Ground Up For Kids Of All Abilities

The newly renovated Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland has been reimagined to meet the needs of kids with physical, developmental, behavioral, emotional and sensory disorders and disabilities.

March 21, 2023
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Study Finds Psychiatry Training On Developmental Disabilities ‘Insufficient’

Psychiatrists are often some of the main providers of care for people with autism and intellectual disability, but new research finds that many have little training to serve this population.

March 13, 2023

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Clinicians Get Guidance On Treating Severe Autism Behaviors

Individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities are at higher risk of severe behaviors, but families are often unable to access treatments. A new guide is designed to change that.

February 13, 2023
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Legoland Becoming Autism Certified

More theme parks across the nation are implementing staff training and taking additional steps to make visits easier for people with autism and other disabilities.

February 7, 2023
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Eye Test Could Help Screen Kids For Autism, Researchers Say

Technology that measures how the eye's pupil responds to light is showing promise as a screening tool that could help identify children with autism at younger ages.

February 3, 2023

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Study: Even With Fivefold Increase, Autism Likely Undercounted

New research suggests that autism prevalence rose as much as 500% in recent decades, but it still may be underdiagnosed.

January 26, 2023
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Can Limiting Screen Time Improve Autism Symptoms?

New research suggests that substantially reducing the amount of time that young kids with autism spend watching screens could lead to fewer symptoms of the developmental disorder.

January 24, 2023
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Federal Autism Panel Approves New Strategic Plan

For the first time in years, a federal panel tasked with guiding the nation's priorities on autism is moving to update the government's agenda for addressing the developmental disability.

January 19, 2023

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Test Can Predict Autism In Kids — Using Their Hair, Study Says

A groundbreaking new test can predict the future emergence of autism in young children and infants using a single strand of hair, researchers say, potentially lowering the average age of diagnosis.

January 17, 2023
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Postsecondary Student With Autism Spurs NCAA Rule Change

Students with disabilities at postsecondary programs nationwide can now compete in Division III athletics, thanks to a 20-year-old runner with autism and his mom who prompted an NCAA rule change.

January 4, 2023

Federal Panel’s Shift To ‘Neutral’ Autism Language Prompts Backlash

As an influential federal autism committee considers moving to "neutral, strengths-based" language, some advocates are pushing back arguing that stripping words will "sanitize" the realities many face.

December 15, 2022

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