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Study Aims To Identify Risk Of Autism Through Newborn Screening

Researchers are using blood collected during routine newborn screening to test whether it is possible to predict if a newborn is at risk for developing autism before symptoms appear.

February 25, 2020
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Ed Department: More Students Being Served Under IDEA

The number of American schoolchildren receiving special education services is on the rise and they're increasingly being served in mainstream classrooms at least part of the day.

February 24, 2020
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CDC Finds Developmental Disabilities More Common In Rural Areas

Children living in certain areas are more likely to have developmental disabilities, according to a new CDC report, and where a child lives significantly impacts how much help they receive.

February 21, 2020

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Disney Theme Park Accommodations Case Now In Judge’s Hands

With the conclusion of a three-day bench trial, it's up to a federal judge to determine whether changes to Disney's disability access policy are discriminatory.

February 21, 2020
Two issues known to be common among children with autism – sleep difficulties and behavior problems – may in fact be linked, a new study suggests. (Thinkstock)

Doctors Get Guidance On Treating Autism Sleep Problems

Newly released guidelines are aiming to help families and health care providers determine how to best address sleep problems plaguing many young people with autism.

February 19, 2020
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Disney Goes To Trial Over Theme Park Disability Access Policy

People with autism and other developmental disabilities could soon return to front-of-line status at Disney theme parks, depending on the outcome of a trial getting underway in federal court.

February 18, 2020

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How Interior Design Can Be A Tool In Managing Life With Autism

The right interior design can help children and adults manage the anxiety and behaviors that typically accompany autism, improving life for them and other members of their families.

February 18, 2020

Marking 15 Years, Autism Speaks Rebrands

The nation's largest autism advocacy group is revamping its look to better match its evolving mission and launching an effort to "create a kinder, more inclusive world" for those on the spectrum.

February 14, 2020
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Trump Budget Calls For Cuts To Disability Programs

President Donald Trump is proposing cuts to countless programs benefiting people with disabilities, advocates say, touching everything from Medicaid to employment and autism treatment.

February 13, 2020

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Unable To Find Girl Scout Troop For Kids With Special Needs, These Moms Started One

A pair of moms created a Girl Scout troop for those with cognitive needs, modifying the program for kids who are nonverbal while also joining other troops to do typical scouting activities.

February 12, 2020
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As Caregivers Age, People With Disabilities See Few Housing Options

A national study finds housing choices are limited for people with developmental disabilities who often get little say about where they might live when they leave home.

February 10, 2020

Six Flags Now Autism Certified

Six Flags says it has earned the Certified Autism Center designation at all 26 of its North American park locations in a move aimed at better serving guests with special needs.

February 7, 2020

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