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Feds Launch Hotline To Help People With Disabilities Access COVID-19 Vaccines

A new push is underway to help more people with disabilities get vaccinated against COVID-19.

June 14, 2021
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Pediatricians Urged To Avoid Certain Tests For Kids With Autism

Pediatricians and families are being urged to think twice before going forward with a handful of clinical tests for kids with autism and other disabilities.

June 11, 2021

FDA Approves Device To Help Detect Autism

Federal regulators authorized a first-of-its-kind device to help doctors determine whether a child has autism, potentially allowing kids to be diagnosed sooner by avoiding waits for specialists.

June 7, 2021

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Biden’s Budget Includes Boost To Special Ed, Disability Services

With his $6 trillion budget, President Joe Biden is cementing his resolve to significantly expand the nation's investment in home and community-based services for people with disabilities.

June 2, 2021
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Study Suggests Most Kids With Autism Make Gains Over Time

The vast majority of youngsters with autism may be "doing well" in at least some aspect of their lives by the time they reach mid-childhood, researchers say.

May 18, 2021
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Biden Administration Gives States Flexibility To Expand Disability Services

States are being given wide latitude to spend an extra $12.67 billion for Medicaid home and community-based services on everything from getting people off waiting lists to raising pay for DSPs.

May 17, 2021

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Drug Shows Promise For Fragile X

New research suggests that medication could bring about significant improvements in cognitive function and language in adults with fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability.

May 14, 2021
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Feds Issue New Rules For COVID-19 Vaccines At Facilities Serving Those With IDD

Government officials are setting new expectations related to COVID-19 vaccines at institutions for people with disabilities and similar rules are under consideration for group homes as well.

May 12, 2021
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Across US, Most Counties Have No Behavior Therapists

Access to behavior therapists is woefully lacking in many places, with a new study finding that more than half of the nation's counties don't have a single one.

May 11, 2021

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Biden $400 Billion Care Plan Would Have A Caveat: States Opt In

Early proposals from Congress on President Joe Biden's ambitious $400 billion plan to improve in-home care for people with disabilities and others suggest states could have a lot of leeway.

May 11, 2021

Children Are Waiting Longer In The ER For Mental Health Care, Study Finds

Kids who visit emergency rooms for mental health crises are increasingly likely to spend more than six hours there, a noisy, chaotic experience that experts say can be traumatic.

May 11, 2021
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People With IDD Are Helping Providers Improve The Vaccination Experience

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are broadly available, providers are turning to self-advocates for ideas about how to make it easier for people with disabilities to get the shots.

May 6, 2021

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