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Genetic Testing Urged For Those With Cerebral Palsy

New research suggests that individuals with cerebral palsy should be encouraged to undergo genetic testing much like those with other types of developmental disabilities.

March 21, 2023
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Congress Could Make Waiting Lists For Disability Services A Thing Of The Past

A proposal in Congress would do away with Medicaid's institutional bias and guarantee people with developmental disabilities access to services in the community.

March 20, 2023
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New Medicaid Waiver Rules Take Effect

After nine years and multiple delays, new standards for what count as home and community-based services for people with disabilities will take effect this week, but many states remain ill-prepared.

March 16, 2023

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Study Finds Psychiatry Training On Developmental Disabilities ‘Insufficient’

Psychiatrists are often some of the main providers of care for people with autism and intellectual disability, but new research finds that many have little training to serve this population.

March 13, 2023
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Biden Budget Seeks Added Spending On Special Ed, Disability Programs

President Joe Biden is calling for major investments in special education, home and community-based services and other programs that people with disabilities rely on.

March 10, 2023

Many Young Children Are Not Getting Needed Early Intervention Services

Infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities are going without early intervention services or waiting longer than they should to receive them, a problem exacerbated by the pandemic.

March 9, 2023

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Biden Promises To Fight GOP On ‘Gutting’ Medicaid

President Joe Biden vowed to stop Republicans from making deeper cuts to Medicaid — which many people with disabilities rely on — to lower the national debt. Other changes may still be up for discussion.

March 3, 2023
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Nation’s Disability Services At Breaking Point, Report Finds

After warning for years of an impending collapse in the disability services system, advocates say that the crisis is here with a new report painting a dire picture of the situation across the country.

March 2, 2023
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Nursing Shortage Puts Children With Disabilities At Risk, Spurs Calls For Change

Finding nurses to care for children with disabilities at home has always been difficult, but the problem has worsened dramatically forcing kids to remain in hospitals or parents to manage on their own.

February 21, 2023

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Clinicians Get Guidance On Treating Severe Autism Behaviors

Individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities are at higher risk of severe behaviors, but families are often unable to access treatments. A new guide is designed to change that.

February 13, 2023
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State Becomes First To Test All Newborns For Common Source Of Birth Defects

Minnesota is the first U.S. state to universally test newborns for cytomegalovirus, an easily transmissible virus and a leading cause of infant hearing loss and congenital birth defects.

February 10, 2023
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Big Changes Coming To Medicaid, Disability Services As Public Health Emergency Ends

With the Biden administration planning to soon end the emergency status prompted by the pandemic, advocates are warning that the shift will have major implications for people with disabilities.

February 6, 2023

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