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Kids’ Medical Records May Hold Clues To Autism Screening

New research points to a simple way to flag children at risk for autism that has the potential to cut the rate of false positives of traditional screening in half.

October 26, 2021
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With Crossover Between Autism And Mental Health, Diagnosis Can Be Tricky

Recent studies show a strong link between autism and mental health and the prevalence of mental health disorders in kids with autism appears to increase as they get older.

October 22, 2021
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Public Comment Sought On Nation’s Autism Plan

Federal officials are looking for feedback from the public as a key panel works to update the government's autism agenda for the first time in years.

October 19, 2021

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Vaccine Mandate Could Displace Group Home Residents With Disabilities

A state COVID-19 vaccine requirement could force a nonprofit group home operator to kick out residents with intellectual disabilities because there won't be enough staff to care for them.

October 19, 2021
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Promising Autism Treatment Falls Short, Study Finds

A naturally occurring hormone that's been prescribed to many children with autism under the thinking that it could boost sociability does not make any difference, according to a large new study.

October 15, 2021

New Book Explores History Of Controversial Facility That Uses Shock Devices

There is one facility in the country known to use electric shocks to address behavior in kids and adults with disabilities. A new book details how that situation came to be.

October 14, 2021

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CDC: People With Disabilities Want COVID-19 Vaccines, But Struggle To Get Them

People with disabilities are less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19, new research suggests, but it's not because they are reluctant to do so.

October 11, 2021
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Uncertainty Surrounds Biden Plan To Boost Disability Services

With President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion plan to expand the nation's social safety net being chopped, disability advocates are fighting to keep a massive investment in Medicaid waivers alive.

October 8, 2021

For Kids With Complex Needs, In-Home Care Tough To Find

With the pandemic worsening nursing shortages, parents of children with complex medical conditions or disabilities are being forced to hospitalize their kids or take on additional duties at home.

October 6, 2021

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She Has Down Syndrome, Then Got COVID-19. Could Amanda Hall Learn To Walk Again?

Cindy and Walt Hall are used to fighting for their daughter. Their toughest battle came when she caught the coronavirus.

October 5, 2021
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For Children With Disabilities, Climate Change Brings Multiple Threats

Climate change is a growing threat to people with disabilities, especially those with complex medical conditions who may have trouble keeping their bodies cool or living without power.

September 29, 2021
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People With IDD, DSPs May Qualify For COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The CDC's endorsement of a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for certain Americans means many people with developmental disabilities are now eligible for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

September 27, 2021

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