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Evolving Definition Of Autism Prompts Questions About Prevalence

The latest government data shows that autism prevalence is on the rise, but a newly-adopted standard for diagnosing the developmental disorder may be muddying the numbers.

June 19, 2018
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Nation Spending More On Community Living

Government spending on home and community-based services has risen dramatically, with a new report finding that growth doubled year-over-year as funding for institutions declined.

June 14, 2018

App Shows Potential In Flagging Autism

New research suggests that a simple iPhone app could be instrumental in helping screen children for autism from the comfort of home.

June 12, 2018

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Low Medicaid Rates Preventing Children From Getting ABA Therapy

In some parts of the country, families say the reimbursement rates Medicaid pays for applied behavior analysis are so low that they're unable to find providers willing to serve them.

June 12, 2018

Blood Test May Serve As Early Predictor For Cerebral Palsy

New research suggests that a blood test could one day help doctors flag children with cerebral palsy far earlier, allowing young kids with the condition to get a head start on intervention.

June 8, 2018

Lowe’s Pulling Products Amid Concerns About Disability Ties

Heeding calls from advocates, one of the nation's largest home improvement stores says it will remove certain products with possible links to developmental disabilities from its shelves.

June 5, 2018

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For Some With Autism, Stopping Seizures May Aid Development

Many children with autism also have seizures. Scientists now say that rapid treatment during these episodes may prevent kids from moving into a more severe range of the spectrum.

June 4, 2018

Delay Sought For Medicaid Caregiver Check-In Mandate

Congressional lawmakers are proposing to delay a controversial Medicaid requirement that service providers electronically check in when assisting people with disabilities in their homes.

May 30, 2018

Worries Abound Over Medicaid Mandate That Caregivers Check In

Even with new guidance, advocates say there's not enough time for states to implement a requirement that caregivers electronically check in when providing in-home disability services.

May 18, 2018

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FDA Grants Fast-Track Status To Possible Autism Drug

For at least the second time this year, the Food and Drug Administration is moving to accelerate the approval process for a drug designed to address the core symptoms of autism.

May 17, 2018
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Fitbit-Like Device Shows Promise In Predicting Autism Aggression

A system that uses a digital wristband and a mobile app could someday predict outbursts among children with autism, allowing family members and helpers to prevent and prepare for episodes.

May 14, 2018
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How Geography Influences Autism Treatment

There are many treatment options for children with autism ranging from speech and behavioral therapy to medication, but which ones families choose appears to depend on where they live.

May 10, 2018

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