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COVID-19 Was Leading Killer Of People With Developmental Disabilities

New research finds that people with developmental disabilities were much more likely to die from COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic than others.

September 26, 2022
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$100 Million Going Toward Autism Research

The National Institutes of Health is making major investments into research projects looking at how autism impacts a person's development, sleep, mental health, aging and more.

September 23, 2022
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In First, Feds Issue National Strategy To Support Family Caregivers

Federal health officials are putting forth a national strategy to address the needs of family caregivers, acknowledging the challenges faced by millions who care for those with IDD and other issues.

September 22, 2022

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Can Artificial Intelligence Detect Autism Doctors Miss?

Researchers are testing an app that uses AI to analyze toddlers' movements, eye positions and facial expressions to see whether computers can offer a more objective way of diagnosing autism.

September 20, 2022
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National Autism Care Network Expands

A one-of-a-kind national network of autism centers designed to transform how care is developed and provided to those on the spectrum and their families is growing.

September 13, 2022

For-Profit Companies’ Entry Into Medicaid Program Raises Concern

For-profit companies plan to buy two of the four nonprofits that run a state Medicaid program for people with disabilities, which advocates fear could lead to cuts in services for thousands.

September 13, 2022

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High Rent Collides With Dwindling DSP Workforce To Jeopardize Care

Rising rents are forcing people with developmental disabilities to live with roommates or move elsewhere, while staff shortages mean they may not be receiving the care they need.

September 7, 2022
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Feds Seek To Remove Medicaid Barriers For Those With Disabilities

With a plan to overhaul the enrollment process, federal officials say they are taking steps to make it easier for people with disabilities to gain Medicaid coverage and keep it.

September 6, 2022

A Couple’s Quest For Treatment For Their Son With ASD Hits Repeated Obstacles

Amparo and Victor Rios began searching for answers when their son didn't hit some milestones after turning 2. Three years later, they are still trying to get their insurance to pay for therapy.

September 6, 2022

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Rule Change Could Improve Access To Dental Care For People With Disabilities

Dentists say bureaucratic issues are forcing children and adults with disabilities across the nation to unnecessarily wait six to 12 months for care, but a fix could soon be on the way.

August 29, 2022
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Medicaid Program Helping People Leave Institutions Headed To More States

Following years in limbo, a popular Medicaid program that helps people with disabilities move from institutions to community-based living will become more widely available.

August 25, 2022
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Scientists Identify More Genes Linked To Autism

New research is uncovering dozens of genes associated with autism and helping to explain a broader swath of cases across the spectrum.

August 23, 2022

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