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Clinic Offers One-Stop Shop For Adults On The Spectrum

Though many pediatricians specialize in autism, few physicians are equipped to care for adults with the developmental disorder. A new clinic is designed to address this growing need.

January 20, 2017

Trump Exploring Panel On Vaccine Safety

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has warned of a discredited link between vaccines and autism, said the president-elect asked him to lead a commission "on vaccine safety and scientific integrity."

January 11, 2017
Students in a physical education class

Study: Exercise May Cut Behavior Issues In Half

Researchers say there may be a simple way to reduce challenging behaviors among those with autism and similar disorders during the school day — add in some exercise.

January 10, 2017

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Residents at a group home

Wandering Poses Challenges For New Medicaid Waiver Rules

Federal officials are chiming in on how to balance independence and safety for people with disabilities who have a tendency to wander.

January 10, 2017
Tony Crawley, left, administers medication through his son Rowan's feeding tube.

Caregiving Costly For Special Needs Families

Families of children with special needs provide billions of dollars in unpaid medical care each year, researchers say, significantly compromising their own ability to earn a living.

January 4, 2017

Disability Services Leader Loses Its Luster

One of the first states to eliminate institutions could end up backsliding, advocates say, to a time when little or no services were provided and individuals were vulnerable to abuse.

December 6, 2016

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A nurse moves a child to her wheelchair

Doctors Urged To Help Families Seeking Out-Of-Home Placements

Pediatricians are being encouraged to help families of children with developmental disabilities find solutions if they're struggling to care for their kids at home.

December 2, 2016

Biomarkers May Predict Autism Treatment Success

While it's clear that early intervention improves outcomes for kids with autism, choosing the right treatment for a particular child remains guesswork, but that could soon change.

November 17, 2016
A smartphone app for autism screening

App Screens For Autism With 94 Percent Accuracy, Researchers Say

A smartphone app could dramatically speed up the process of screening children for autism, potentially offering feedback in less than a minute.

November 15, 2016

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Sara Ellet assists John Hudson

Feds Seek Input On Expanding Community-Based Services

Medicaid officials are looking for ways to increase access to home and community-based services for people with disabilities and they're asking the public to weigh in with ideas.

November 14, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence

Trump Win Brings Uncertainty On Disability Policy

Advocates are keeping tight-lipped in the wake of Donald Trump's surprise victory with little known about how the president-elect may shape policies vital to people with disabilities.

November 10, 2016

Autism Drug Trial Underway

Researchers are hopeful that a new clinical drug trial based on research linking diet and brain development could yield a treatment that addresses core symptoms of autism.

November 8, 2016

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