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Social Class May Influence Autism Diagnosis

Even as autism prevalence has increased, new research finds that the likelihood of getting diagnosed with the developmental disorder remains largely tied to socioeconomics.

October 17, 2017
Children with autism participate in an applied behavior analysis session

Autism Insurance Mandates Boost Access To Care, Study Says

Kids with autism who live in states that require insurers to cover treatment for the developmental disorder are receiving significantly more services, researchers say.

October 12, 2017

Report Finds People With Developmental Disabilities Dying In State Care

The state of Georgia continues to have people with developmental disabilities die while under state care, with 160 deaths in the past fiscal year, according to a court-appointed observer.

October 11, 2017

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Cerebral Palsy Can Be Diagnosed By 6 Months Of Age, Study Finds

Cerebral palsy can be accurately diagnosed by 6 months of age, researchers say, yet kids often aren't flagged until they're 1 or 2, potentially losing out on valuable early intervention.

October 3, 2017

Twitter Fueling Anti-Vaccine Sentiment

An online chorus linking some immunizations to autism has gained momentum via Twitter, a new study shows, with most of the negative comments coming from select areas of the country.

October 3, 2017
Lydia Steckelberg spent a week in the emergency room

Nowhere To Go: Young People With Severe Autism Languish In Hospitals

Teens and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined, an investigation shows.

October 2, 2017

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Girls With Autism More Likely To Have Younger Siblings With ASD

Parents with a child on the spectrum are more likely to see a future child diagnosed with autism too. New research from Harvard shows the odds are much higher when the older child is a girl.

September 29, 2017

Study: Health Care A Struggle For Those With Special Needs

A new study finds people with developmental disabilities struggle to get adequate medical care and physicians are often unprepared to treat them.

September 29, 2017

Group Home Evicts Man With Special Needs For Using Medical Marijuana

A 34-year-old was abruptly evicted from a group home after his doctor recommended medical marijuana to treat his seizures. With no place to go, he landed in a hospital emergency room.

September 26, 2017

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U.S. Capitol Police drag a protester

Disability Advocates Arrested Protesting Medicaid Cuts

Over 100 disability rights advocates were arrested while protesting Medicaid changes in a proposal to overhaul the nation's health care system. Hours later, the GOP plan appeared doomed.

September 26, 2017

Report: Direct Care Workers Can’t Afford To Stay In Jobs

The direct support professionals that many people with disabilities rely on are barely getting by, with new data showing they make little more than minimum wage despite surging demand.

September 22, 2017
Senators introduce health care bill

Medicaid Home And Community-Based Services Face New Threat

Disability advocates are decrying a renewed drive to overhaul the nation's health care system that they say would fundamentally alter Medicaid and jeopardize home and community-based services.

September 19, 2017

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