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People With Down Syndrome 10 Times More Likely To Die From COVID-19

Individuals with Down syndrome are at especially high risk of hospitalization and death, researchers say, adding to evidence that the coronavirus is particularly hard on those with IDD.

October 28, 2020

Virtual Training Teaches Parents To Manage Autism Behaviors

New research suggests that virtual training can help parents learn to address behavior issues in their kids with autism, a development that could be especially meaningful amid the pandemic.

October 27, 2020
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Trump Administration Faces Pressure To Track COVID-19 At Institutions, Group Homes

Lawmakers are pressing the Trump administration to track COVID-19 among people with disabilities living in group homes and institutions where cases are still largely going undocumented.

October 26, 2020

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With Autism Intervention, More Hours Not Necessarily Better

How many hours a week of intervention do young children with autism need? A new study suggests that the precise number may not be all that consequential.

October 23, 2020
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For Medically Fragile Children, Pandemic-Induced Supply Shortages Continue

Suppliers and parents began reporting shortages — most notably of ventilator circuits — early in the pandemic. Now, they say the problem is ongoing and kids are paying the price.

October 21, 2020

State Allows Social Workers To Refuse Clients With Disabilities

Officials in one state are facing backlash after protections for people with disabilities and other groups were stripped from the state's social work code of conduct.

October 20, 2020

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Heart, Lung, Diabetic Conditions More Common In Adults On The Spectrum

Adults with autism are up to four times more likely than others to have chronic physical health conditions, new research suggests, and lifestyle factors don't appear to be the reason why.

October 16, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Challenges Those With Developmental Disabilities

The number of people with developmental disabilities receiving services has dropped precipitously since the pandemic started, leading to isolation, behaviors and long-term effects.

October 13, 2020
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‘Significant Portion’ Of Cerebral Palsy Cases Genetic, Study Suggests

Long thought to be associated with problems at birth, new research indicates that a substantial number of cerebral palsy cases may be genetically based.

October 6, 2020

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Children Missing Out On Developmental Services Because Of Labyrinth System

To get services for their children, parents often must navigate a dizzying array of health care providers, special education entities and insurance programs, often with little support or guidance.

September 30, 2020
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Trump Administration Pushing Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

Medicaid officials are looking to "jump-start efforts" to move people with disabilities from institutions to community-based settings and they're offering up millions of dollars to do so.

September 25, 2020

Genetic Testing Can Make Big Difference For Individuals With Autism, Study Finds

Many families of children with autism forgo recommended genetic tests after receiving a diagnosis and that's a mistake, researchers say.

September 17, 2020

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