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Medicaid Expanding Offerings For Kids With Severe Needs

Federal Medicaid officials are issuing new guidance aimed at making it easier for children with complex medical conditions like severe autism and cerebral palsy to access the care they need.

August 8, 2022
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New Push Underway To Train Doctors, Dentists On Developmental Disabilities

Groups representing the nation's doctors and dentists are committing to better prepare students in their fields to treat those with IDD in a move that could lead to major improvements in care.

July 29, 2022
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Parents Become Drug Developers To Save Their Children’s Lives

Families affected by ultra-rare diseases are starting their own companies to speed the development of treatments for their kids, venturing into territory that traditional drugmakers deem too risky.

July 26, 2022

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After Institutionalizing Son, Mom Fights To Bring Him Home

While many youths are living inside hospitals waiting for psychiatric beds, hospitals have also become a warehouse for those whose families are struggling to access supports so they can go home.

July 21, 2022

Future Of Major Services Provider In Doubt

As a state seeks to revoke the license of a large provider, many with disabilities are unsure whether to wait for a final determination or find other care at a time when options are scarce.

July 19, 2022
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New 988 Hotline May Help Those With IDD In Crisis

A national hotline launching this weekend is intended to help anyone experiencing a mental health crisis and advocates are hopeful the new line will benefit those with developmental disabilities.

July 15, 2022

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Data Suggests Autism Rate Is Still Growing

New research finds that autism prevalence among U.S. children is continuing to rise.

July 13, 2022
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FDA Warns That Therapy Tool Could Endanger Babies With Developmental Delays

Regulators are warning that a device used in water therapy for babies with developmental disabilities could lead to death or serious injury.

July 12, 2022
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How A Nationwide Formula Shortage Is Causing Medically Fragile Kids To Suffer

About 500,000 medically fragile people in the U.S. need specialized formula for all or most of their nutrition. The formula shortage has ignited fears and frayed the lifeline they depend on.

July 12, 2022

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FDA Approves Device To Help Identify Autism Earlier

Federal regulators authorized a new device aimed at helping doctors decide whether or not children as young as 16 months have autism.

June 17, 2022
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Coronavirus Infection During Pregnancy Linked To Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Babies with prenatal exposure to COVID-19 were 86% more likely to be diagnosed with a developmental disorder in their first year compared with babies who weren't exposed, new research suggests.

June 16, 2022
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Drumming Improves Behavior In Young People With Autism, Study Finds

Learning to play the drums could make a big difference for adolescents with autism, with new research finding that acquiring the skill leads to better emotional control and fewer behavior issues.

June 14, 2022

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