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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
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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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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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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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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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