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Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy in "The Good Doctor."

The ‘Good Doctor’ And Autism: Does ABC Get It Right?

"The Good Doctor," which offers a rare portrayal of an adult with autism in the workplace, leapfrogged "The Big Bang Theory" to become the most-watched TV show after just three episodes.

November 1, 2017

Revamped Scientific Plan Forthcoming At Autism Speaks

As the nation's largest autism advocacy group works to reshape its scientific agenda, members of the community are urging the nonprofit to prioritize work that affects quality of life.

October 31, 2017

CDC Turns To Tech To Flag Developmental Delays

Federal officials are introducing a new app aimed at helping parents determine if their kids may be at risk for developmental issues.

October 30, 2017

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Jon Stewart appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to promote his HBO special

Autism Benefit To Air On HBO

Some of the biggest names in comedy are coming together for a nationally-televised event, all to raise money for schools, programs and services for those on the spectrum.

October 27, 2017

Teacher Allegedly Held Class Vote On ‘Annoying’ Boy With ASD

An elementary school teacher forced a 9-year-old boy with autism to stand in front of his class twice while classmates voted on whether the boy was "annoying," a federal lawsuit alleges.

October 18, 2017

Social Class May Influence Autism Diagnosis

Even as autism prevalence has increased, new research finds that the likelihood of getting diagnosed with the developmental disorder remains largely tied to socioeconomics.

October 17, 2017

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Mom, Nonverbal Son Win Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Say Mama’ Contest

When Jimmy Fallon and the "Today" show put out a call for cute videos of kids saying "mama," they probably didn't expect one from a boy on the spectrum who's never uttered a word.

October 13, 2017
Children with autism participate in an applied behavior analysis session

Autism Insurance Mandates Boost Access To Care, Study Says

Kids with autism who live in states that require insurers to cover treatment for the developmental disorder are receiving significantly more services, researchers say.

October 12, 2017
Leonardo Coakley details a car dashboard at Rising Tide Car Wash

Autism-Focused Business Venture Expanding

A unique social venture with a mission to hire adults on the spectrum is growing, offering more job opportunities for a population that's traditionally underemployed.

October 9, 2017

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Freddie Highmore stars as Dr. Shaun Murphy

ABC Awards Full Season To Popular Autism Drama

A television drama centering on a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome is proving so popular with viewers that network executives are ordering up more.

October 4, 2017

Twitter Fueling Anti-Vaccine Sentiment

An online chorus linking some immunizations to autism has gained momentum via Twitter, a new study shows, with most of the negative comments coming from select areas of the country.

October 3, 2017
Lydia Steckelberg spent a week in the emergency room

Nowhere To Go: Young People With Severe Autism Languish In Hospitals

Teens and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined, an investigation shows.

October 2, 2017

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