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Early Intervention Experts Worry The Pandemic Has Hurt Kids With Special Needs

Referrals to early intervention services have plummeted as the COVID-19 pandemic has kept children from day care and other places where concerns about developmental delays often emerge.

June 25, 2020

Disability Advocates File Complaint Over Barriers To COVID-19 Testing

A number of organizations have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services alleging that many people with disabilities can't get tested for COVID-19.

June 23, 2020
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Autism Severity Can Evolve Markedly During Childhood

It's long been thought that autism severity remained largely static over a person's lifetime, but new research suggests otherwise.

June 22, 2020

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Pandemic Upends The Lives Of People With Disabilities — And Of Their Caregivers

Already facing a shortage of caregivers, the pandemic is further wreaking havoc on the lives of people with disabilities who rely on others in order to work and live independently.

June 18, 2020
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Despite Recommendations, Genetic Testing Rare Among Those With Autism

It is widely recommended that individuals with autism receive a battery of genetic tests, but new research finds strikingly few people on the spectrum partaking.

June 16, 2020

Sleep Problems In Babies Might Signal Autism

New research suggests that children who were later diagnosed with autism were more likely to have had difficulty falling asleep as infants.

June 12, 2020

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Trump Administration Releases Aid For Disability Service Providers

Amid questions about delays, the Trump administration is sending billions of dollars in aid to disability providers and others funded by Medicaid who have been hard hit by the pandemic.

June 11, 2020
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Hospitals Told To Allow Visitors For Individuals With Disabilities

In a move that advocates say has national implications, federal officials are clarifying that hospital no-visitor policies must have exceptions for support people for those with disabilities.

June 10, 2020
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People With Developmental Disabilities More Likely To Die From COVID-19

A new study is offering some of the first details about how the coronavirus is impacting people with developmental disabilities and the picture is not pretty.

June 8, 2020

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Trump Administration Faces Pressure To Help Disability Service Providers

Members of Congress are asking the Trump administration why federal money isn't flowing to help disability providers and others funded by Medicaid who have been walloped by the pandemic.

June 5, 2020

Study Pinpoints Autism Risk For Kids With Aunts, Uncles On The Spectrum

Children who have an aunt or uncle with autism are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with the developmental disorder too.

May 19, 2020

Medicaid Providers At The End Of The Line For Federal Coronavirus Funding

Disability services agencies and other providers largely supported by Medicaid have yet to receive help despite mounting losses linked to the pandemic.

May 19, 2020

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