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Disability Services Leader Loses Its Luster

One of the first states to eliminate institutions could end up backsliding, advocates say, to a time when little or no services were provided and individuals were vulnerable to abuse.

December 6, 2016
A nurse moves a child to her wheelchair

Doctors Urged To Help Families Seeking Out-Of-Home Placements

Pediatricians are being encouraged to help families of children with developmental disabilities find solutions if they're struggling to care for their kids at home.

December 2, 2016

Biomarkers May Predict Autism Treatment Success

While it's clear that early intervention improves outcomes for kids with autism, choosing the right treatment for a particular child remains guesswork, but that could soon change.

November 17, 2016

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A smartphone app for autism screening

App Screens For Autism With 94 Percent Accuracy, Researchers Say

A smartphone app could dramatically speed up the process of screening children for autism, potentially offering feedback in less than a minute.

November 15, 2016
Sara Ellet assists John Hudson

Feds Seek Input On Expanding Community-Based Services

Medicaid officials are looking for ways to increase access to home and community-based services for people with disabilities and they're asking the public to weigh in with ideas.

November 14, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence

Trump Win Brings Uncertainty On Disability Policy

Advocates are keeping tight-lipped in the wake of Donald Trump's surprise victory with little known about how the president-elect may shape policies vital to people with disabilities.

November 10, 2016

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Autism Drug Trial Underway

Researchers are hopeful that a new clinical drug trial based on research linking diet and brain development could yield a treatment that addresses core symptoms of autism.

November 8, 2016
A caregiver assists a man with autism.

Report Finds Caregiver Fraud Widespread

A government watchdog report finds rampant fraud — in some cases involving severe neglect and death — in a program designed to provide in-home care for people with disabilities.

November 8, 2016
Teacher Herbert McArthur, Jr. works with students at a program for children with ADHD. Researchers say that an ADHD screening tool may be too frequently flagging kids with autism as having both disorder. (Emily Michot/Miami Herald/TNS)

ADHD May Be Over-Diagnosed In Those With Autism

New research suggests that a commonly-used screening tool for ADHD may be faulty when used with children who have autism, potentially causing kids to receive inappropriate treatments.

October 31, 2016

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Deanna Ballard helps her son Zachary, who has autism, while his sister, Makenna, looks on. New research suggests that parent-led intervention can make a big difference for children with the developmental disorder. (Renee C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Parent-Led Intervention May Reduce Autism Severity

For the first time, researchers say they have evidence that parent-led intervention for young kids with autism continues to yield gains several years later.

October 26, 2016
A surgeon carries a donated harvested kidney that he is preparing to transplant. Members of Congress are calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidance regarding the rights of people with disabilities seeking organ transplants. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)

Disability No Reason To Deny Organ Transplants, Lawmakers Say

Members of Congress are pressing the Obama administration to issue guidance clarifying that life-saving organ transplants should not be denied because of a person's developmental disability.

October 24, 2016

Shakespeare May Boost Autism Social Skills

New research suggests that reciting Shakespeare and participating in other drama exercises can make a big difference for kids with autism.

October 21, 2016

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