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Autism Prevalence Rising Globally

It's not just the U.S. New research finds that autism prevalence is growing around the world and experts say that shows progress.

May 19, 2022

Profit Strategy: Psychiatric Facilities Prioritize Out-Of-State Kids

Children who need around-the-clock psychiatric care can be stuck waiting days or weeks for help because facilities are prioritizing patients from states with higher Medicaid reimbursement rates.

May 17, 2022
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End To Public Health Emergency Could Have Consequences For People With Disabilities

As the focus on COVID-19 fades and the federal government eyes an end to the emergency status that the pandemic triggered, officials are warning that big changes are coming for disability programs.

May 2, 2022

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Parents Say Mask-Optional Policies Leave Out High-Risk Students

More states have passed laws banning mask mandates in schools, but some parents fear a new COVID-19 surge could put their kids at risk and that mask bans may further isolate their children.

April 27, 2022
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Pediatricians Get New Guidance On Caring For Kids With Down Syndrome

The nation's pediatricians are getting updated advice on how to provide the best care for children with Down syndrome from when they are still in utero through early adulthood.

April 25, 2022
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Changes To CDC’s Developmental Milestone Checklists Met With Skepticism

Not everyone is happy about a recent overhaul of the federal government's developmental milestones for young children, with some experts warning that the changes could delay early intervention.

April 22, 2022

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Mask-Optional Public Transit Alarms Immunocompromised People, Disability Advocates

After a federal judge struck down a mask mandate for public transportation, people who are medically vulnerable and those with disabilities — many of whom rely more heavily on transit — are worried.

April 22, 2022
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How Families Are Advocating For Children With Disabilities In Foster Care

Many families foster and adopt children with special health care needs despite challenges they often encounter, such as receiving insufficient medical supplies and incomplete health histories.

April 21, 2022
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Feds Reverse Course On Alzheimer’s Drug After Outcry From Down Syndrome Advocates

Federal officials are backing off a plan that would have kept people with Down syndrome from accessing a new Alzheimer's treatment even though they're predisposed to the disease.

April 18, 2022

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For Many People With Disabilities, The COVID-19 Threat Hasn’t Gone Away

As government agencies have cast off pandemic protections, many immunocompromised people and those with disabilities have felt forgotten.

April 12, 2022
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Biden Administration Expanding Program That Helps People Leave Institutions

After years of uncertainty, a popular Medicaid program that helps people with disabilities leave institutions for community-based living is set to grow.

April 7, 2022

Months-Long Waits For Medicaid May Be A Sign Of What’s To Come

The pandemic has overwhelmed understaffed Medicaid agencies, already delaying access in one state. As the public health emergency ends, people nationwide could find it even harder to have coverage.

April 6, 2022

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