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CDC Says 1 In 44 Kids Have Autism

Autism rates are increasing yet again, according to new data from the CDC which finds for the first time that more than 2% of American children have the developmental disability.

December 2, 2021
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House Approves Largest Investment Ever In Community-Based Services

A roughly $2 trillion bill including a historic investment in Medicaid home and community-based services and support for employment, housing and other disability programs is closer to becoming law.

November 29, 2021
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How Modern Medicine Neglects Mothers-To-Be With Disabilities

Though women with disabilities now get pregnant and give birth at the same rate as women without disabilities, most obstetricians know little more about them than they did nearly a century ago.

November 17, 2021

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Wheelchair Users Can Face Hefty Costs Not Covered By Insurance

The right wheelchair can cost thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars, and private insurance only covers so much. Now, a federal class-action lawsuit claims the situation is discriminatory.

November 16, 2021
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CVS Drops Supreme Court Case Over Disability Community Concerns

CVS is backing off a U.S. Supreme Court case amid concerns from disability advocates that a ruling in the company's favor could undermine fundamental tenets of the nation's disability rights laws.

November 12, 2021

One Boy’s Struggles Show How States Often Fail Kids With Severe Autism

Emmett Tolis went to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as his parents sought residential treatment for his severe autism. Four months later, they've had no luck, and he's still there.

November 9, 2021

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What COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Mean For People With IDD

Sweeping new Biden administration rules requiring millions of American workers to receive COVID-19 vaccines will apply to many of those who support people with developmental disabilities.

November 8, 2021
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Study Finds Big Differences In Autism Rates By Community

In some U.S. communities autism prevalence is more than three times the national average, a new study suggests.

November 5, 2021

Senators Back FDA On Electric Shock Device Ban

A group of senators is urging the FDA to keep up the fight after a federal court overturned the agency's ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

November 2, 2021

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Biden Pushes For Largest Boost Ever To Community-Based Services

President Joe Biden is plowing ahead with plans to make the biggest investment in Medicaid home and community-based services in 40 years as part of an ambitious package of social safety net reforms.

October 29, 2021
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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

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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