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Jury Delivers $8B Verdict In Risperdal Case

Johnson & Johnson must pay $8 billion to a man who claimed the company failed to warn that boys using its drug Risperdal — commonly prescribed to those with autism — could grow breasts.

October 11, 2019
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Feds Urged To Take Action On Disability Bias In Organ Transplants

A government agency is calling on the Trump administration to clarify that individuals with developmental disabilities should not be disqualified from receiving life-saving organ transplants.

October 10, 2019
A nurse moves a child to her wheelchair

Study Finds Gaps In Medicaid Waivers

The services provided through Medicaid waivers to children with the most severe disabilities vary wildly from state to state, researchers say, leaving many families to pick up the pieces.

October 7, 2019

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Hospital Apologizes For ‘Wall Of Shame’

Hospital officials are apologizing after employees created a "wall of shame" of patients with disabilities by cutting and taping portions of their private medical records to a cabinet door.

October 4, 2019
ABA therapy session

Autism Insurance Coverage Now Required In All 50 States

After officials in the last holdout state enacted a new rule, all 50 states and Washington, D.C. have mandates that require some level of insurance coverage for the treatment of autism.

October 1, 2019
Marilyn Long, left, helps her brother, Jeff Malanoski

NIH Funding For Down Syndrome Research Balloons

With millions of new dollars for research on Down syndrome, federal officials have effectively doubled their investment in understanding the chromosomal disorder in the last year alone.

September 30, 2019

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Bill Aims To Boost Direct Support Workforce

Federal lawmakers are looking to address the nation's shortage of in-home caregivers assisting people with developmental disabilities.

September 27, 2019
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CDC Records Spike In Kids With Developmental Disabilities

The number of American children with developmental disabilities "increased significantly" in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 26, 2019

Disability Advocates Fret As Medicaid Block Grants Inch Toward Reality

As one state becomes the first to formally seek a federal Medicaid block grant waiver, advocates are warning that people with disabilities could have a "target on their backs."

September 25, 2019

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Study: When Kids Show Signs Of Autism, Pediatricians Often Fall Short

Pediatricians are conducting routine checks for autism, but new research suggests they frequently fail to act when screenings show cause for concern.

September 24, 2019

Schools Explore Connecting Students In Special Ed With Psychologists Via Video

Facing a nationwide shortage, some schools are considering contracting with firms that connect students in special education with psychologists through video chat.

September 24, 2019

Woman Pleads Guilty To $1.2M Medicaid Fraud Scheme

The owner of a health care company pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing for servicing multiple children with disabilities simultaneously and charging for more than 24 hours in a single day.

September 20, 2019

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