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Virtual World Shows Promise For Teaching Social Skills

Engaging in social situations in a virtual environment may significantly improve real-world interactions for young people with autism, new research suggests.

September 27, 2016
Even as a federal judge dismissed dozens of lawsuits alleging that changes to Disney's access policy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, an attorney representing families in the cases is not backing down. (trvlto/Flickr)

Disney ADA Complaints Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed 45 more lawsuits over access to Disney theme-park rides and attractions for people with disabilities, but the lawyer handling them is already appealing.

September 27, 2016

Study: Autism Moms Face Greater Risk Of Heart Disease

Raising a child with autism may take a deeper toll than previously thought with new research suggesting that such moms face a heightened risk of heart disease.

September 23, 2016

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Autism Biobank Aims To Help Research

An ambitious effort to collect genetic information from thousands with autism could yield big answers about the disorder. That is, if researchers can attract enough participants.

September 16, 2016
Ben Liske, 16, right, of Nashville, Tenn., and his mother, Juli Liske, put the finishing touches on his dorm room at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Liske, who has autism, is starting his freshman year and will likely major in computer engineering. (Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant/TNS)

Autism Not A Barrier For 16-Year-Old College Freshman

Oftentimes, colleges shy away from accommodating the unique needs of students on the spectrum, but that is starting to change.

September 13, 2016
New research suggests that iPad games may offer more than entertainment for kids, potentially serving as a tool to help spot those who are on the autism spectrum. (Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Can iPads Detect Signs Of Autism?

Tracking children's movement patterns while they play iPad games may be enough to identify which kids have autism, researchers say.

September 6, 2016

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Autism Genes Vary, Even Among Siblings

Within families with multiple kids on the spectrum, varying genetic roots are often at play, according to a new study that's highlighting just how complicated the developmental disorder is.

August 30, 2016

Facebook Post To Michael Phelps Wins Support For Man With Disability

With a comment on Facebook for his hero Michael Phelps, a swimmer with autism is garnering his own following.

August 30, 2016

Advocates Seek Urgent Passage Of Wandering Bill

Hoping to harness momentum, disability advocates are pushing Congress to fast-track legislation designed to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering.

August 26, 2016

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Taking a diabetes drug may reduce the risk of weight gain in children with autism who are prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests. (Thinkstock)

For Kids On The Spectrum, Drug May Keep Weight Gain At Bay

Weight gain is often a downside of taking medication to address autism symptoms, but a new study suggests that a commonly-used drug may counteract this unwanted side effect.

August 25, 2016
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

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