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Asperger’s Controversial Past: Doctor Behind Syndrome Linked To Nazis

A new paper and a forthcoming book are bringing claims that the physician for whom Asperger's syndrome was named had ties to the Nazi Party and its euthanasia efforts.

April 20, 2018
FDA

Will The FDA Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs?

Just one place in the country is known to use electric shock devices to modify the behavior of people with developmental disabilities. Advocates want to put an end to the practice.

April 16, 2018

Behavior Gains Possible In Adults With Autism, Study Finds

With intervention, adults with autism can see behavioral improvements, according to new research suggesting that the window of opportunity for gains may be longer than previously thought.

April 10, 2018

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Remote Assessments Could Speed Autism Diagnosis

A trip to the doctor's office to get an autism diagnosis may one day be unnecessary, with new research finding that the disorder can be accurately identified in many kids via telemedicine.

March 30, 2018
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Despite No Link With Autism, Vaccine Rates Lag For Kids With ASD

After children are diagnosed with autism, both they and their younger siblings are less likely to receive all recommended vaccinations, according to new research.

March 26, 2018
Girl with cerebral palsy

Brain Stimulation May Benefit Kids With Cerebral Palsy, Study Finds

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers found that stimulating targeted areas of the brain with a mild electrical current can enhance the motor skills of children with cerebral palsy.

March 22, 2018

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Race Is On To Renew Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

Disability advocates are scrambling to get funding renewed for a federal program that's helped thousands with developmental disabilities leave institutions but is now on the brink of collapse.

March 20, 2018
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Study Testing First Medication To Treat Autism

A drug being tested in a nationwide clinical trial could become the first to increase the ability of those with autism to connect socially and overcome other symptoms of the disorder.

March 19, 2018
Boy with autism

Autism Symptoms Rarely Isolated, CDC Researchers Say

Nearly all children with autism are dealing with at least one other condition — and often several — ranging from anxiety to ADHD, sleep, behavioral and GI issues, a new study suggests.

March 16, 2018

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How Medicaid Became A Go-To Funder For Schools

Begun as a health care safety net for children and low-income families, Medicaid increasingly underwrites a range of school services including many benefiting students with disabilities.

March 14, 2018

Autism Insurance Mandates Trigger Influx Of Service Providers

States that pass laws requiring health insurers to cover ABA therapy for kids with autism are seeing spikes in service providers entering the market, advocates say.

March 13, 2018
FDA

Disability Activists Urge FDA To Ban Shock Devices

Dozens of people with disabilities have been camped out for days outside the FDA commissioner's home to pressure the agency to ban electric shock devices used on those with special needs.

March 13, 2018

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