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Down Syndrome Treatment Often Requires Traveling

Access to Down syndrome treatment is uneven across the nation, with many who have the chromosomal disorder living hours from the nearest specialty clinic, new research suggests.

February 27, 2020

Study Aims To Identify Risk Of Autism Through Newborn Screening

Researchers are using blood collected during routine newborn screening to test whether it is possible to predict if a newborn is at risk for developing autism before symptoms appear.

February 25, 2020
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CDC Finds Developmental Disabilities More Common In Rural Areas

Children living in certain areas are more likely to have developmental disabilities, according to a new CDC report, and where a child lives significantly impacts how much help they receive.

February 21, 2020

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Two issues known to be common among children with autism – sleep difficulties and behavior problems – may in fact be linked, a new study suggests. (Thinkstock)

Doctors Get Guidance On Treating Autism Sleep Problems

Newly released guidelines are aiming to help families and health care providers determine how to best address sleep problems plaguing many young people with autism.

February 19, 2020

Senators Push FDA To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

Several U.S. senators are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to follow through with a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

February 18, 2020
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Trump Budget Calls For Cuts To Disability Programs

President Donald Trump is proposing cuts to countless programs benefiting people with disabilities, advocates say, touching everything from Medicaid to employment and autism treatment.

February 13, 2020

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Parents Fight To Continue ABA Therapy

When some children move from early intervention to preschool, their access to ABA comes to a halt. Now, a class-action suit alleges that ending the therapy is a violation of special ed law.

February 6, 2020
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Medicaid Change Prompts Worries About Disability Services

Disability advocates are decrying a Trump administration plan to alter Medicaid that they say could ultimately compromise services that people with disabilities rely on.

February 3, 2020

Large Study Identifies Trove Of Genes Linked To Autism

In what's being called the largest study of its kind, researchers say they've identified more than 100 genes associated with autism.

January 24, 2020

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Judge Slashes Verdict In Risperdal Case

A judge chopped an $8 billion award to a man who claimed the maker of Risperdal failed to warn that boys using the drug — commonly prescribed to those with autism — could grow breasts.

January 21, 2020

FDA Misses Deadline To Ban Devices Used To Shock Those With Special Needs

The Food and Drug Administration missed its own deadline to finalize a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

January 20, 2020
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A Quarter Of Kids With Autism Go Undiagnosed, Study Suggests

A substantial number of children who meet the criteria for autism are failing to receive a formal diagnosis, according to a new study based on data from the CDC.

January 13, 2020

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