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Nonprofit Wants To Create 101,000 Jobs For People With Autism

An autism nonprofit in one state is setting an ambitious goal to address the employment needs of residents on the spectrum — to create 101,000 jobs within 10 years.

September 22, 2020
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Genetic Testing Can Make Big Difference For Individuals With Autism, Study Finds

Many families of children with autism forgo recommended genetic tests after receiving a diagnosis and that's a mistake, researchers say.

September 17, 2020

Police Shoot 13-Year-Old With Autism After Mom Calls 911 For Help

When the mother of a teen with autism called 911 to get help during a meltdown, she expected a crisis team to de-escalate the situation. Instead, the boy was shot when he ran from police.

September 9, 2020

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‘Sesame Street’ Changing Attitudes About Autism

Five years after "Sesame Street" put its focus on autism, new research suggests the show's materials are changing minds among parents of kids with and without the developmental disorder.

September 8, 2020

Supported Decision-Making Eyed As Alternative To Guardianship

After being placed under a restrictive guardianship despite having a job, a bank account and getting around independently, a man with autism is fighting to reclaim his rights.

September 1, 2020
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Pandemic Hitting Families Of Those With Disabilities Harder

Family caregivers of people with disabilities are experiencing isolation, anxiety and other ill-effects from the coronavirus pandemic in far greater numbers than others, new research finds.

August 28, 2020

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Black Children Wait Longer For Autism Diagnosis

New research shows that it often takes three years and visits to multiple providers before Black children are diagnosed with autism, denying them a critical opportunity for therapy.

August 25, 2020

Behind A PBS Character With Autism Is Man Who Helped Shape Him

Autism is front and center on a new PBS KIDS show and a 27-year-old who's on the spectrum is helping to make it happen and ensure the portrayal is authentic.

August 18, 2020

Report Uncovers Dozens Of Sexual Assaults At Devereux Residential Centers

At least 41 children with IQs as low as 50 have been raped or sexually assaulted by staff in the last 25 years at a network of residential centers across nine states, an investigation has found.

August 14, 2020

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NASCAR Driver With Autism Is Turning Heads At 190 MPH

Hours after he was featured on "Good Morning America" for being the first driver in NASCAR with autism, 20-year-old Armani Williams celebrated his first top 10 finish.

August 11, 2020

How People With Special Needs Are Coping With The Pandemic

Both children and adults with developmental disabilities are struggling to adapt to the myriad of changes that the coronavirus pandemic has brought to nearly every facet of life.

July 28, 2020
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Actor With Autism At Center Of New Show

An actor with autism has a key role on a new coming-of-age drama on Apple's streaming service.

July 24, 2020

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