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As Demand For ABA Therapy Increases, Investors Buy In

Autism therapy is attracting significant attention from private equity firms, a trend that could fund rapid expansion of clinics, but is also raising concerns about quality of care.

October 23, 2018
FTC building

Companies Under Fire For Hawking Fake Autism, Cerebral Palsy Treatments

Federal officials are taking action against two companies for charging thousands of dollars for therapies they "deceptively" claimed could treat autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions.

October 22, 2018
Device to track visits from her home-care workers

Concerns Linger Over Medicaid Caregiver Check-In Mandate

Advocates are pushing for clearer privacy protections as states work to comply with a requirement that personal care attendants electronically check in when assisting people with disabilities.

October 19, 2018

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Marilyn Long, left, helps her brother, Jeff Malanoski

NIH Boosts Down Syndrome Research Funding

Federal officials are committing millions of new dollars to Down syndrome research and they say even more money may be on the way.

October 15, 2018

Abandoning Restraint And Seclusion Has Unexpected Benefits, Study Finds

A new study finds safety improved and costs went down when a large service provider for people with developmental disabilities decided to move away from using restraint and seclusion.

October 3, 2018
A nurse moves a child to her wheelchair

Lawmakers Look To Improve Care For Kids With Complex Conditions

About 500,000 kids — including many with developmental disabilities — are considered to be medically complex. Proposed legislation aims to make it easier to coordinate their care.

October 1, 2018

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Schools Requiring ‘Mental Health’ Disclosures By Students

School districts in one state now must ask if new students have ever been referred for mental health services. Some parents worry that the information could be held against their kids.

September 28, 2018
U.S. Capitol

Special Ed, Disability Programs Spared In Government Budget Deal

The federal government will increase funding for special ed and allocate money to address the needs of caregivers as part of a spending bill that's expected to be signed by the president.

September 28, 2018

Larger Trial Of Experimental Autism Drug Planned

More extensive testing is in the works to further evaluate a century-old medicine that showed noticeable improvement in social interaction and function when used in those with autism.

September 20, 2018

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Behavioral Crises Landing People With Disabilities In ER

They aren't injured or physically ill, but tendencies to act aggressively and violently mean some people with developmental disabilities have nowhere to go other than the emergency room.

September 14, 2018

Families Of Kids With Special Needs Say Military Is Failing Them

Eight years after legal requirements were set in motion to "enhance and improve" support for those with special needs, families say the military has failed to follow through.

September 11, 2018

Autism Blood Test May Be Available This Year

In a first, a company says a blood test that can detect some children with autism is expected to be commercially available before the end of the year.

September 7, 2018

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