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Study Finds No Link Between Prenatal Tdap Vaccine, Autism

A vaccine that's strongly recommended for pregnant women does not influence the odds that their children will develop autism, according to a large new study.

August 17, 2018
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Speech Professionals Denounce Controversial Communication Methods

A group representing the nation's speech-language pathologists is warning against using controversial "facilitator-dependent" communication techniques with people who have disabilities.

August 15, 2018

Incentives Floated For Treating People With Developmental Disabilities

Federal lawmakers are looking to make doctors and other health care services far more available for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

August 13, 2018

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Behavior Therapists Accused Of Billing For ‘Impossible’ Hours

Amid concerns about fraudulent billing by behavior analysts, providers say that one state's Medicaid program is dragging out approvals and preventing kids from getting therapy for months.

August 3, 2018
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Kids With Autism See Social Skills Boost With Google Glass

New research suggests that technology developed by Google may be able to help unlock social abilities and lessen symptom severity in children with autism.

August 2, 2018
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Trump Signs Law Delaying Caregiver Check-In Mandate

President Donald Trump signed bipartisan legislation delaying a controversial Medicaid requirement that service providers electronically check in when assisting people with disabilities.

August 1, 2018

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Couples Feel Pressure To Divorce To Help Their Kids With Disabilities

Struggling to afford the specialized equipment and treatments their children with disabilities need, some couples consider divorcing so that their kids can qualify for government benefits.

July 30, 2018

Once Mainly Unregulated, Behavior Analysis Increasingly Requires A License

Much like doctors, hair dressers and other professionals, behavior analysts must now be licensed in most states, which advocates say ensures oversight and protects families from imposters.

July 27, 2018

‘Wrap-Around’ Model Helps Prevent Behavioral Hospitalizations

With house calls addressing medical and social issues, a unique team is helping families of those with developmental disabilities reduce hospitalizations, ER visits and overall distress.

July 24, 2018

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Agencies Ramp Up Efforts To Attract Direct Support Professionals

Agencies serving people with disabilities say they are embracing various initiatives — from recruitment campaigns to longevity pay and an emphasis on emotional rewards — to attract workers.

July 24, 2018

Kids Endure Long Waits For Needed Medical Equipment

In the nation's most populous state, some children with disabilities wait more than a year for wheelchairs, bath benches, commodes, specialized crutches and other crucial medical equipment.

July 20, 2018

Senate Approves Delay Of Caregiver Check-In Mandate

Legislation is now headed to President Trump that would delay the start of a controversial program to track when personal care services are provided to people with disabilities.

July 19, 2018

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