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Lawmakers Propose Wider Access To Community-Based Services

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing new federal legislation that would ensure people with disabilities have access to community-based services.

May 19, 2017
Pill box

In Treating Autism, Drugs Often Overshadow Behavior Therapy

Many kids with autism are taking antipsychotics without participating in behavior therapy, new research suggests, despite evidence that medication is most helpful when paired with therapy.

May 16, 2017
Angel Bowling, who has autism, works with speech and language pathologist Stacey Fernstrum.

Study: Autism Behaviors Often Unrelated To Speech Difficulties

When children with autism struggle with behavior, it's commonly attributed to speech issues or frustration associated with communication. But new research suggests that may not be the case.

May 12, 2017

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Kevin Ginsburg, 39, who lives in a group home in Pittsburgh, walks to dinner with his mother, Barb.

New Medicaid Waiver Rule Delayed

The Trump administration is giving states more wiggle room in the rollout of a rule that establishes a new standard for what counts as home and community-based services.

May 11, 2017

Severe Shortage Of Direct Care Workers Triggering Crisis

Critical shortages of in-home care workers are cropping up across the country, threatening care for people with disabilities.

May 9, 2017

Parents Turn To Cannabis To Treat ASD, Even As Doctors Urge Caution

Dramatic improvements are convincing some parents to try a once unthinkable treatment for their kids with autism — marijuana — despite little evidence to support its use.

May 5, 2017

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Lawmakers at White House

House Passes Health Care Bill Alarming Disability Advocates

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a health care overhaul bill that advocates say would have devastating consequences for people with disabilities.

May 4, 2017

Despite Proposed FDA Ban, Shock Devices Remain

A year after the FDA proposed a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks to those with disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior, the rule has yet to be finalized.

April 28, 2017
National Institutes of Health

Autism Research Funding Declines

Spending on autism research is down, according to a new federal report, after the nation's largest source of such funds chopped its contribution.

April 27, 2017

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Study Backs Therapeutic Benefits Of Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is frequently offered for people with developmental disabilities and now a new analysis suggests that the activity really does have a therapeutic benefit.

April 25, 2017
A boy with autism

Wandering May Be Treatable, Study Finds

Many kids with disabilities have a tendency to wander away from safe places — with potentially tragic consequences — but a new study suggests that it's possible to mitigate such behavior.

April 20, 2017
FDA

FDA Warns Of Products Claiming To Cure Autism

The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning that many products claiming to cure or treat autism are bogus and may in fact be dangerous.

April 13, 2017

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