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Disability Services Threatened Under Proposed Cuts To Medicaid

Funding for community-based services and other supports for people with developmental disabilities would be in jeopardy under a U.S. Senate proposal to radically alter Medicaid.

June 23, 2017

Predicting Success Of Autism Treatments May Be Possible, Study Finds

Participating in autism interventions can be costly and time consuming, but new research suggests there could be a way to predict whether or not specific treatments will be effective.

June 22, 2017
A supporter of the Affordable Care Act holds a sign during a rally

Disability Advocates Push Back On Health Bill As Vote Looms

Advocates are working furiously to oppose a health care bill that they say would bring devastating cuts to services and supports that people with disabilities rely on.

June 20, 2017

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Fever During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Odds

Expectant mothers who have a fever during pregnancy are significantly more likely to have a child with autism, new research suggests.

June 16, 2017

States Lag In Keeping Medicaid Enrollees Out Of Nursing Homes

A new report finds that states are not doing enough to help people with disabilities receive services in the community instead of in nursing homes, where care is more expensive.

June 16, 2017
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Autism Detectable In Infants, Study Suggests

Long before an official diagnosis, a single brain scan at 6 months of age may be able to predict with near perfect accuracy which babies will develop autism.

June 8, 2017

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Police arrest demonstrators in wheelchairs at the U.S. Capitol

Disability Advocates Protest Medicaid Cuts

Dozens of advocacy groups are joining members of Congress to sound alarm bells about proposed cuts to Medicaid, which they say will have severe consequences for people with disabilities.

June 6, 2017
Pediatrician Brenda Holson visits with a 2-year-old patient.

Pediatricians Pressed To Help Families Of Kids With Disabilities

Doctors are being urged to do more to collaborate with families of children with developmental disabilities as they face decisions about diagnosis, treatment and supports.

June 2, 2017

Autism Symptoms Improve With Help From Century-Old Drug

With a single infusion of a 100-year-old drug, children with autism showed significant improvement in language, behavior and socialization, according to results from a small new study.

May 31, 2017

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Abril sits in the living room while her parents make breakfast.

Parents Of Those With Disabilities Fear Deportation

Anticipating a broader immigration crackdown, undocumented families are hiring lawyers and scrambling to make contingency plans for their U.S.-born children with disabilities.

May 23, 2017
U.S. Capitol

Lawmakers Propose Wider Access To Community-Based Services

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing new federal legislation that would ensure people with disabilities have access to community-based services.

May 19, 2017
Pill box

In Treating Autism, Drugs Often Overshadow Behavior Therapy

Many kids with autism are taking antipsychotics without participating in behavior therapy, new research suggests, despite evidence that medication is most helpful when paired with therapy.

May 16, 2017

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