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Study Pinpoints Autism Risk For Kids With Aunts, Uncles On The Spectrum

Children who have an aunt or uncle with autism are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with the developmental disorder too.

May 19, 2020

Pandemic Making Child Care Tough To Find For Those With Special Needs

With most daycare centers closed, child care options are especially limited for kids with disabilities and the impact is likely to be long-lasting.

May 19, 2020
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Visits From Horses Brighten Locked-Down Days For Those With Special Needs

With coronavirus keeping people with special needs away from their regular riding lessons, one equine-assisted therapy provider is making house calls with horses in tow.

May 15, 2020

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CDC Researchers: Over 5 Million US Adults Have Autism

For the first time ever, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are estimating the number of American adults who have autism.

May 13, 2020
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Pets Ease Stress For Kids With ASD And Their Parents, Study Finds

Parents of children with autism often report higher levels of stress than other moms and dads, but new research suggests that having a furry friend — or two — can make a big difference.

May 12, 2020
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For Many With Autism, Challenges Of Social Distancing Aren’t New

Although the pandemic can be stressful for people on the spectrum, many are practiced in dealing with social isolation, disrupted routines and other challenges that are now affecting everyone.

May 6, 2020

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Target Expands Adaptive Clothing And Products For People With Special Needs

The retailer's designers are addressing the frustrations of people who have autism and other special needs with adaptive clothing that's stylish too.

April 22, 2020
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HBO To Spotlight Young Adults With Autism

A documentary following the lives of five people with autism who are on the cusp of adulthood is headed to television.

April 21, 2020

Providers Want To Protect Clients With Disabilities. Nobody’s Telling Them How.

Even in a state considered one of the best at serving people with intellectual disabilities, families and providers said they have received almost no guidance on how to respond to COVID-19.

April 17, 2020

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Comic Book Helps Those With Autism Understand Changes Brought By Coronavirus

In an effort to help their daughter who's on the spectrum understand why her routine has been upended by COVID-19, a family created a comic book. Now, it's being published online.

April 15, 2020

Coronavirus Frays Safety Net For People With Severe Disabilities

With programs closed for the foreseeable future, many families are now forced to care for loved ones with severe disabilities at home without much help, if any at all.

April 8, 2020
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How Autism Families Are Coping With The Pandemic

In a new national survey, families of children with autism say that services have been severely disrupted due to coronavirus, but they are adapting and even finding some silver linings.

April 7, 2020

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