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Autism Speaks Unveils New Scientific Agenda

A year after dropping references to a cure from its mission statement, the nation's largest autism advocacy group is charting a new course with a bold rewrite of its scientific priorities.

December 14, 2017
Golden Globes

Autism Portrayal Nets Golden Globe Nod

Hollywood appears to be embracing the story of a surgeon with autism.

December 12, 2017

Researchers To Study Effects Of Marijuana On Kids With ASD

In what some advocates say could be a first in the United States, a major children's hospital is set to study the effects of medical marijuana on children with autism.

December 12, 2017

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Freddie Highmore plays a surgical resident with autism on "The Good Doctor"

Why America Is Making An Appointment With ‘The Good Doctor’

The medical drama centering on a doctor with autism wrapped up its fall run as the number one new show on television.

December 6, 2017

Autism And The Law: Boy’s Incarceration Reveals Failures Of The System

With escalating behavior issues, county caseworkers told the mother of a teen with autism to call police if her son acted out. Now he's facing felony charges that he doesn't comprehend.

December 4, 2017
Child visits Santa

Sensory-Friendly Santa Welcomes Kids With Special Needs

For many with disabilities, the long lines, sites and sounds of a visit to Santa Claus are just too much. But more malls are making an effort to accommodate children with a variety of needs.

November 30, 2017

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CDC Says Developmental Disabilities Are On The Rise

An increasing number of American children have developmental disabilities, the federal government says, even as autism and intellectual disability rates remain largely steady.

November 29, 2017
An obstetrician performs an ultrasound on an expectant mother

Autism Odds Tied To Birth Spacing, Study Finds

Waiting too long — or not long enough — between pregnancies appears to increase a child's risk of developing autism, according to a new study led by researchers at the CDC.

November 28, 2017

Brewery Serves Up Careers With Beers For Adults With Special Needs

A unique brewery is incorporating posted photos, checklists and other accommodations to provide meaningful jobs and a social setting for its employees with disabilities.

November 28, 2017

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A boy with autism

Autism Wandering Bill Advances In Senate

Federal legislation aimed at providing tracking devices and resources to those with autism and other developmental disabilities who are at risk of wandering is moving forward.

November 17, 2017
Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo on "Speechless"

TV Including More Characters With Disabilities

The number of characters with disabilities on prime-time television is at a record high, a new report finds, though the representations remain far short of reflecting real life.

November 9, 2017
A boy with autism stands in the field he wandered into

Congress May Revisit Autism Tracking Devices

Less than a year after fizzling, federal legislation designed to provide tracking devices and resources to those with developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is back on the table.

November 7, 2017

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