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States Get Guidance On ABLE Accounts, Medicaid Eligibility

As a new kind of account allowing people with disabilities to save money becomes more available, federal officials say there are big implications for Medicaid.

September 12, 2017
National Institutes of Health

Feds Award Millions For Autism Research

The federal government is handing out nearly $100 million with an eye toward better understanding autism and developing interventions for the condition.

September 8, 2017

Researchers: What We Know About Girls On The Spectrum ‘May Be Wrong’

Even though they score higher on tests of communication and social skills, girls with autism appear to struggle more than boys with the demands of everyday life.

September 1, 2017

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Mikayla Holmgren, who has Down syndrome

Down Syndrome Prevalence On The Rise

As people with Down syndrome live longer, a new analysis suggests that this population is growing, but that may not hold true for long.

August 31, 2017

Eye Contact ‘Too Much’ For Many With ASD, Study Finds

Avoiding eye contact is one of the most common characteristics associated with autism. But a new study suggests the behavior has little to do with social or personal indifference.

August 29, 2017

Research Points To Genetic Link To Cerebral Palsy

A new study finds a stronger genetic link to cerebral palsy than previously thought prompting researchers to recommend genetic testing for those with the most common form of the condition.

August 22, 2017

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Study: Early Intervention Pays Off Quickly

Intensive early intervention for kids with autism can be extremely costly, but new research finds that such treatment can pay for itself in short order.

August 18, 2017

Behavior Therapy Benefits Parents Too, Study Finds

Behavior therapy for kids with autism can have an impact that goes far beyond the child, new research suggests, with parents who play an active role in treatment seeing major gains as well.

August 15, 2017

Autism Speaks Retooling Scientific Agenda

Less than a year after dropping references to finding a cure from its mission statement, Autism Speaks is looking for input amid a revamp of its scientific priorities.

August 4, 2017

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Talk Of Medicaid Changes Prompts Special Ed Worries

Amid the national noise about potential cuts to Medicaid, some school administrators are trying to bring attention to one arguably lesser-known group that would be affected: their students.

August 1, 2017
U.S. Sen. John McCain

Disability Advocates Relieved By Failure Of Health Bill

Advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a pared down health care repeal was rejected by the U.S. Senate, but they say that threats to disability services remain.

July 28, 2017

Robotic Device Shows Promise For Kids With Cerebral Palsy

Training with a robotic device may help some kids with cerebral palsy gain strength and improve both posture and walking abilities, researchers say.

July 27, 2017

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