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Autism Resulted In His Rights Being Stripped Away. He Just Won Them Back

After years under guardianship, a man with autism is now able to vote, buy a house or travel when he wants and advocates hope more people with disabilities follow in his footsteps.

November 20, 2020
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Woman With Autism Brings Unusual Message To The Streets

When the stress of 2020 finally became too much, a thirty-something with autism painted some signs, left her cozy apartment and began standing on street corners, offering messages of love.

November 17, 2020
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Even In Adulthood, Autism Challenges Linger For Caregivers

Aging caregivers of adults with autism are struggling and new research finds that some factors make the burden especially great.

November 13, 2020

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Study Links Frequent Doctor Visits To Autism Risk

There could be a relatively simple way to spot young children at risk for autism: look closely at their medical records.

November 10, 2020
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How Families Are Fighting Racism And Disability Discrimination

Many parents of children with special needs — regardless of race — struggle to receive prompt diagnoses and services. But for families of color, the challenge is more acute.

November 9, 2020
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Autism Insurance Mandates Lead To More Behavior Therapists

With states now requiring health insurers to cover autism treatment, new research suggests that the mandates are having an impact on the number of professionals providing such services.

November 5, 2020

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Virtual Training Teaches Parents To Manage Autism Behaviors

New research suggests that virtual training can help parents learn to address behavior issues in their kids with autism, a development that could be especially meaningful amid the pandemic.

October 27, 2020

With Autism Intervention, More Hours Not Necessarily Better

How many hours a week of intervention do young children with autism need? A new study suggests that the precise number may not be all that consequential.

October 23, 2020
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Heart, Lung, Diabetic Conditions More Common In Adults On The Spectrum

Adults with autism are up to four times more likely than others to have chronic physical health conditions, new research suggests, and lifestyle factors don't appear to be the reason why.

October 16, 2020

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Video Shows Cop Handcuffing, Taunting 7-Year-Old With Autism After He Spat At School

The mother of a boy with autism is suing after police body camera video shows an officer handcuffing and pressing him to the floor for 38 minutes, all because he spit in a school "quiet room."

October 15, 2020

Disney Faces ADA Suit Over Mask Requirement

A mother is suing the Walt Disney Co. for allegedly violating the ADA after her son with autism was barred from entering a Disney Store because he was not wearing a mask.

October 1, 2020
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Children Missing Out On Developmental Services Because Of Labyrinth System

To get services for their children, parents often must navigate a dizzying array of health care providers, special education entities and insurance programs, often with little support or guidance.

September 30, 2020

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