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The Good Doctor

Autism Drama ‘The Good Doctor’ Awarded New Season

With sky-high ratings, network executives are green-lighting a second season for a prime-time drama centering on a physician on the spectrum.

March 8, 2018
Marijuana vapor machine

Marijuana Complicates Guardianship For Teen With Severe Autism

As a last-ditch effort, one family turned to marijuana to stem the self-injurious behaviors of their daughter with autism. The drug worked, but complicated their quest for guardianship.

March 7, 2018
An adult with autism watches television in his apartment

Autism-Related Challenges Persist Well Into Adulthood, Study Shows

In one of the first studies to look at the lives of people with autism as they hit middle age, researchers found adults struggling with independence, employment and relationships.

March 5, 2018

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Feds Name New National Autism Coordinator

The federal government has a new point person for autism-related research, services and supports.

March 2, 2018
"Day of Mourning" vigil

Vigils To Honor People With Disabilities Killed By Caregivers

About 150 people with disabilities were killed by their parents, relatives or caregivers within the last year alone. Vigils across the country will remember these victims.

February 27, 2018
Cafe

Increasingly, Businesses Tailoring Employment To Adults With ASD

As parents search for employment opportunities for their adult children with autism, some are creating businesses built to accommodate their kids' special needs and maximize their talents.

February 26, 2018

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Behavior Therapy Services In Limbo For Military Families

A massive overhaul of the military's health insurance system is leaving behavior therapy services in question for children across the country.

February 23, 2018

Blood, Urine Tests Could Change How Autism Is Diagnosed

New research suggests that blood and urine tests could one day be used to diagnose autism, potentially offering a biomarker to identify children at younger ages.

February 20, 2018
Vigil

Advocates Caution Against Autism Connection In School Shooting

After news reports indicated that the school shooter in Florida may be on the spectrum, autism advocates are working to dispel links between violence and the developmental disability.

February 20, 2018

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Morgan Cansler and Conrad "Tyler" DiFalco-Jimenez

Their Disabilities Challenge Their Lives, But Not Their Love

With their wedding planned for this fall, a couple with intellectual disabilities is proving naysayers wrong who doubt that they can have love and a serious relationship like anyone else.

February 20, 2018

For Adults With Autism, Specialized Therapy May Boost Employment Odds

New research suggests that a type of therapy relying on computer-based exercises and small group sessions can yield big gains for adults with autism, potentially increasing employability.

February 15, 2018

Boy Invents Game To Help Sister With Autism

A modified pingpong game invented by a fifth-grader is attracting national attention and now being manufactured for sale by a toy company.

February 13, 2018

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