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Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Trump Extends Program Helping People Leave Institutions

For the third time this year, extra funding will keep alive a program that moves individuals with disabilities from institutions into the community while lawmakers consider a longer-term plan.

August 20, 2019
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Disability Advocates Decry ‘Public Charge’ Rule Limiting Aid For Immigrants

Immigrants with disabilities could face more difficulty becoming U.S. citizens or permanent residents under new rules from the Trump administration.

August 20, 2019

Despite Warning, Bogus ASD Treatment Remains Readily Available

Days after the FDA warned against buying certain products marketed to treat autism and other conditions, similar products were still being found on Walmart and Amazon's websites.

August 20, 2019

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For Those Diagnosed As Adults, ASD Poses Unique Challenges

Spotting autism in adults can be tricky, but with increased awareness, many people who were misdiagnosed or missed altogether as children are gaining a new understanding of themselves.

August 16, 2019
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FDA Warns Of Life-Threatening Side Effects From Supposed Autism Treatment

Federal officials are warning against the use of a dangerous and unproven product that's peddled online as a treatment for autism and other conditions.

August 14, 2019
DSM-5

Psychiatrists Considering Change To Intellectual Disability Criteria

A proposed revision to the diagnostic criteria for intellectual disability is prompting concerns about underdiagnosis and a loss of services and legal protections for people with the condition.

August 12, 2019

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Study Calls For End To ‘High Functioning Autism’ Label

A term often used in both clinical and social settings to denote the capabilities of individuals on the autism spectrum should be consigned to the history books, researchers say.

August 2, 2019
Korrie Johnson

Push To Expand Access To Community Living Hits Roadblock

Despite strong bipartisan support, federal legislation that would entitle people with disabilities access to community-based services and outlaw waiting lists appears to be stalled.

July 29, 2019

Researchers Find Link Between Processed Foods And Autism

A preservative found in packaged and processed foods, such as baked goods and cheese, could hold one of the clues to rising rates of autism in the U.S., a new study suggests.

July 23, 2019

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Program Makes Camp Possible For Youth With Behavior Challenges

Many kids with behavioral disabilities struggle to find summer camps that will accommodate them, but a grant program is connecting families with welcoming camps and helping them pay for it.

July 23, 2019
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Autism Mostly Caused By Genetics, Study Finds

In what's being called the largest study of its kind, researchers say that the likelihood of developing autism is overwhelmingly rooted in a person's genetic makeup.

July 18, 2019

Service Provider Sued Over Alleged ‘Dickensian’ Conditions

A residential facility for those with disabilities failed to provide children with required medication or appropriate supervision and attempted to cover up assaults, according to a lawsuit.

July 16, 2019

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