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Autism Mostly Caused By Genetics, Study Finds

In what's being called the largest study of its kind, researchers say that the likelihood of developing autism is overwhelmingly rooted in a person's genetic makeup.

July 18, 2019
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After 13 Years, Pioneering Autism Research Registry Shuts Down

A first-of-its-kind autism registry that collected research data from thousands of families has closed after 13 years and hundreds of studies on everything from bullying to mood disorders.

July 15, 2019

First Responders Turn To Weighted Blankets To Help Those With Special Needs

Some fire departments are acquiring weighted blankets to carry with them as a way to help calm people who have autism or are in crisis.

July 9, 2019

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Autism Treatment Center Employee Accused Of Kicking Individual’s Teeth Out

An employee at an autism center is facing a charge after a fellow employee said he kicked an individual who's nonverbal and has autism in the mouth, knocking out several of his teeth.

July 9, 2019

Parents Sue After ‘Screaming Bucket’ Placed On Boy With Autism

The parents of a 7-year-old with disabilities are suing after a school bus driver and aide allegedly placed a five-gallon bucket over the child's head because he has a tendency to scream.

June 28, 2019

Women Get Prison For Roles In $13M Behavior Therapy Fraud

Two former employees of an autism therapy provider are headed to federal prison for their roles in a long-running scheme where the company falsely billed government programs for supposed care.

June 27, 2019

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Costco Shooting Is Nightmare For Families Of Those With Developmental Disabilities

The killing of a man with intellectual disability at a Costco store is leading many families to worry about taking their kids with developmental disabilities into the community, advocates say.

June 24, 2019

Can Autism Be Detected In Babies? Researchers Get $9.5M To Find Out

Researchers are looking at whether brain imaging can be used to identify a "high risk of autism" in infants with hopes of eventually being able to spot the condition before symptoms show.

June 18, 2019

Principal, Teachers May Be Fired After Boy Given ‘Most Annoying’ Trophy

After an 11-year-old with autism was given a trophy naming him the "Most Annoying Male" in his class, the local district is seeking to terminate the school's principal and three teachers.

June 13, 2019

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Lawmakers Look To Jump-Start Employment For Transition-Age Youth

With a bipartisan proposal, members of Congress are pushing a new plan to increase competitive, integrated employment for young people with developmental disabilities.

June 12, 2019

Principal Goes Extra Mile For Student With Special Needs

A first-grader with autism didn't want to face the last day of school, so the boy's principal met him at home and the two walked to class together.

June 11, 2019

With Muppet On The Spectrum, ‘Sesame Street’ Makes Impact

Nearly four years after "Sesame Street" introduced a muppet with autism, new research suggests that the show's materials focused on the developmental disorder are making a difference.

June 10, 2019

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