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Telehealth may offer benefits for families of kids with autism, new research suggests, and could be particularly useful for those living in rural or medically-underserved areas. (Thinkstock)

Online Autism Training Shows Promise For Families

As researchers look for ways to help parents better interact with their kids on the spectrum, a new study suggests that families may be able to boost their skills without even leaving home.

May 24, 2016

To Help Son With Severe Behaviors, Parents Give Up Custody

Some families dealing with severe behavior challenges are left with little choice but to relinquish custody in order to secure needed residential services for their kids.

May 24, 2016

Business Built Around Workers With Disabilities Expanding

A car wash designed to employ people with autism is proving so successful after three years in business that the owners are adding a second location.

May 24, 2016

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ABA Coverage Mandates May Be Falling Short

Forty-four states and Washington, D.C. require health insurers to cover autism treatments. But new research suggests these efforts are failing in key ways to help people get needed therapy.

May 18, 2016
Holt Priest enjoys a laugh and a lunchtime ritual with a table of girls at Parkway West High School in Chesterfield, Mo. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Once Isolated, Graduate With Autism Finishes On Top

He started high school isolated in special education classrooms and struggling, but with a little help, Holt Priest managed to graduate as one of his school's most popular and beloved.

May 17, 2016

Excessive Folate May Increase ASD Risk

Doctors have long told pregnant women to get enough of the nutrient folate to ensure proper brain development in their babies, but new research suggests there can be too much of a good thing.

May 13, 2016

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Nolan Askew, 17, presses a button on a computer-numerical-control machine to begin making another part at an information meeting for a brand new program called the Uniquely Abled Academy at Glendale Community College. (Tim Berger/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

New Program For Adults With Autism Matches Potential With Skills

A one-of-a-kind program will train adults with autism for manufacturing jobs that can command $18 an hour or more and organizers say they hope to expand the effort nationally.

May 11, 2016
Bryce Johnson, a fourth-grade student, left, listens to his mentor Xander Van Horn, a seventh grader, talk about inappropriate behavior and reactions in certain social occasions. (Tim Vizer/Belleville News-Democrat/TNS)

Peer Mentors Help Kids With Autism Learn Social Graces

With an increasing number of students on the spectrum, some schools are turning to typically-developing kids to help model appropriate interactions and step in during rough moments.

May 4, 2016

Voc Rehab Often Leads To Low-Paying Jobs For Those With Autism

Most people with autism who receive vocational rehabilitation services exit the program with a job, a new report finds, but such employment is typically part-time and low paid.

May 3, 2016

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A judge has dismissed claims against Disney in a lawsuit alleging that the company's disability access policies violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. It's unclear how the ruling will affect dozens of similar lawsuits that are pending. (Chris Heald/Flickr)

Judge Tosses Disability Access Suit Against Disney

In the first of dozens of similar cases, a federal judge has determined that Disney's disability access policy does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

April 29, 2016
A young man with autism is pictured in the bedroom he rents at a home in California. Despite an increasing number of people on the spectrum entering adulthood, only a small portion of research dollars are focused on the needs of this population. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Autism Research Puts Limited Focus On Services, Lifespan Issues

A new federal report finds that fewer dollars are going toward studying services and the needs of those on the spectrum as they age.

April 26, 2016

Project Aims To Collect DNA From 50,000 With Autism

An unprecedented new effort aims to collect genetic information from tens of thousands with autism and their families in order to learn about the disorder's causes and treatment potential.

April 21, 2016

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