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After 13 Years, Pioneering Autism Research Registry Shuts Down

A first-of-its-kind autism registry that collected research data from thousands of families has closed after 13 years and hundreds of studies on everything from bullying to mood disorders.

July 15, 2019

Autism Treatment Center Employee Accused Of Kicking Individual’s Teeth Out

An employee at an autism center is facing a charge after a fellow employee said he kicked an individual who's nonverbal and has autism in the mouth, knocking out several of his teeth.

July 9, 2019

Women Get Prison For Roles In $13M Behavior Therapy Fraud

Two former employees of an autism therapy provider are headed to federal prison for their roles in a long-running scheme where the company falsely billed government programs for supposed care.

June 27, 2019

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Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

House Votes To Renew Program Helping People Leave Institutions

Following years of uncertainty, federal lawmakers are working to renew a popular Medicaid program that moves people with disabilities from institutions into the community.

June 25, 2019

For Individuals With Special Needs, Horses Make Sense In Therapy

So-called equine assisted therapy is offering physical and emotional benefits for those with a variety of disabilities, boosting everything from coordination to self-esteem.

June 25, 2019

How An App Is Helping Screen More Kids For Developmental Delays

Amid signs that children with developmental delays in two expansive rural counties were falling through the cracks, experts are using an innovative app to boost screening rates and help kids.

June 21, 2019

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Can Autism Be Detected In Babies? Researchers Get $9.5M To Find Out

Researchers are looking at whether brain imaging can be used to identify a "high risk of autism" in infants with hopes of eventually being able to spot the condition before symptoms show.

June 18, 2019
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Push To Require Disability Training For Doctors Meets Resistance

Disability advocates are pushing for a requirement that medical schools train future doctors to treat people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, but they're hitting roadblocks.

June 13, 2019

Unions, States Confront Trump Home Care Worker Rule

A new rule will make it harder for many home care workers to pay union dues, a move that some say could ultimately impact the care that people with disabilities receive.

June 7, 2019

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Autism Insurance Mandates Increasingly Extend To Adults

Nearly every state requires insurance companies to cover autism therapies for children. Now, some states are moving to mandate coverage for adults too.

June 3, 2019
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State Looks To Help Families Of Kids With Severe Behaviors

A proposal would set aside money to help parents of kids with severe behaviors access in-home and residential care and other supports without being forced to relinquish custody.

May 30, 2019
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Amazon Removes More Books Peddling Autism ‘Cures’

For the second time this year, online retail giant Amazon says it has pulled multiple books from its site that claim to offer cures for autism and other conditions.

May 29, 2019

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