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Moms Go After Parents Using Unproven Autism Treatments

Two mothers have gone undercover to weed out misinformed parents sharing dangerous and false autism remedies — including methods involving bleach, turpentine and urine — on Facebook.

May 23, 2019

80 Arrested In Nation’s Capital At Disability Rights Protest

Dozens of disability rights activists — including some in wheelchairs — were arrested near Capitol Hill while pressing for more access to community-based services.

May 21, 2019

Flaws Exposed In State’s Care Of Those Without Guardians

One man's tumor offers a cautionary tale for any family that lacks legal guardianship of a loved one who, because of a developmental disability, cannot make medical decisions.

May 14, 2019

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Despite High Need, Dental Care Elusive For Those With Special Needs

People with developmental disabilities face enormous barriers to adequate and timely dental care. Many dentists either avoid treating these patients or lack the skills needed to do so.

May 8, 2019
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Drugs Aimed At Autism’s Core Features Show Promise

New research suggests that medications targeting a hormone may lead to improved socialization and behavior in those with autism.

May 7, 2019

Are Managed Care Providers Wrongly Denying Services To People With Disabilities?

As more states turn to managed care to administer Medicaid, federal investigators are set to examine whether these companies are offering people with disabilities the care they're entitled.

May 6, 2019

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Study Suggests Kids Should Be Screened Earlier For Autism

New research indicates that autism can be reliably diagnosed in children months before pediatricians conduct routine screening for the developmental disorder.

April 30, 2019
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Trump Administration Pushing States To Make Medicaid Changes

Medicaid funding for people with disabilities could be jeopardized if a handful of states succeed in their efforts to overhaul how they receive federal dollars, advocates say.

April 29, 2019

Even Among Kids Who ‘Recover’ From Autism, Struggles Remain

Some children outgrow autism, researchers say, but losing the diagnosis doesn't mean these kids are free of challenges.

April 26, 2019

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States Weigh Banning Pesticide Linked To Developmental Disabilities

The pesticide chlorpyrifos has been linked to developmental problems in children. Some state and federal lawmakers want the chemical banned, but the EPA is fighting to keep it on the market.

April 26, 2019

Researchers: Fecal Transplant May Improve Behavior In Kids With Autism

A "fecal transplant" helped to substantially improve behavior and gastrointestinal health in children with autism, according to a small new study, and the effects were long lasting.

April 23, 2019
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CDC Finds More Preschoolers Have Autism

New federal figures indicate that autism prevalence among young children is on the rise.

April 15, 2019

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