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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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CDC Researchers: Over 5 Million US Adults Have Autism

For the first time ever, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are estimating the number of American adults who have autism.

May 13, 2020

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Senator Introduces Bill To End Ventilator Discrimination During Pandemic

A U.S. senator has introduced legislation aimed at bringing an end to ventilator protocols that advocates worry could be used to discriminate against coronavirus patients with disabilities.

May 12, 2020
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COVID-19 Cases At Group Homes, Institutions Going Untracked

With no official government tally, one group is working to identify how many people with disabilities have contracted or died from coronavirus while living in congregate settings.

May 11, 2020
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Hospital No-Visitor Policies Endanger People With Disabilities, Advocates Say

Disability advocates are alarmed that no-visitor policies are forcing people with developmental disabilities — including those who are nonverbal — to go it alone at hospitals across the nation.

May 8, 2020

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Against The Odds, Teen With Cerebral Palsy Overcomes COVID-19

After contracting coronavirus from one of her home nurses, a teen who has cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder and chronic lung infections spent 26 days in the hospital but ultimately recovered.

May 8, 2020
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Feds Urged To Prevent COVID-19 Disability Discrimination

The Trump administration is being pushed to ensure that people with disabilities aren't illegally denied health care during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 24, 2020
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Kids Who Rely On Ventilators Can’t Get Enough Supplies, Putting Their Lives At Risk

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for ventilators and accessories has soared. As a result, families caring for medically fragile kids are being forced to ration and even reuse parts.

April 23, 2020

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Parents Of Those With Disabilities Seek Exception To COVID-19 No-Visitor Rules

As hospitals halt visitation to slow the spread of the coronavirus, parents in one state are worried that their children with intellectual disabilities could be left to fend for themselves.

April 21, 2020
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Pediatricians Warned Against Denying Organ Transplants To Kids With Disabilities

The nation's pediatricians are being told that refusing organ transplants for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities may be discriminatory and even illegal.

April 20, 2020

Direct Care Workers Struggle To Find Protective Equipment

With supplies being gobbled up, disability providers are desperate for masks and other personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of coronavirus in group homes and other settings.

April 14, 2020

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