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Families Affected By FASD Hope For Increased Awareness, Treatments

With new research suggesting that fetal alcohol spectrum disorders could be at least as common as autism, affected families are hopeful that awareness of the condition will increase.

March 6, 2018

Feds Name New National Autism Coordinator

The federal government has a new point person for autism-related research, services and supports.

March 2, 2018

Behavior Therapy Services In Limbo For Military Families

A massive overhaul of the military's health insurance system is leaving behavior therapy services in question for children across the country.

February 23, 2018

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Device to track visits from her home-care workers

Medicaid ‘Electronic Verification’ Devices Spark Privacy Concerns

As part of a nationwide effort to prevent fraud, people with disabilities in one state are receiving GPS monitoring devices that are supposed to be with them anytime they receive services.

February 21, 2018

Blood, Urine Tests Could Change How Autism Is Diagnosed

New research suggests that blood and urine tests could one day be used to diagnose autism, potentially offering a biomarker to identify children at younger ages.

February 20, 2018
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Federal Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions In Jeopardy

Funding is quickly running out for a popular Medicaid program that transitions people with disabilities from costly institutions to home and community-based living.

February 19, 2018

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For Adults With Autism, Specialized Therapy May Boost Employment Odds

New research suggests that a type of therapy relying on computer-based exercises and small group sessions can yield big gains for adults with autism, potentially increasing employability.

February 15, 2018

Skype Broadening Access To Speech Therapy Study

Researchers are using Skype to remotely train parents of kids with developmental disabilities to serve as stand-in speech language clinicians for their children.

February 9, 2018

Researchers Develop 2-Minute Autism Screening Tool

New research suggests that a quick questionnaire may be highly accurate at flagging children for autism.

February 6, 2018

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Medicaid Transportation At Risk In Some States

For more than 50 years, Medicaid has been required to ferry certain clients — including those with severe disabilities — to and from medical appointments. But that's starting to change.

January 30, 2018

FDA Grants ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ Status To Potential Autism Drug

A major pharmaceutical company says it has received a designation from the Food and Drug Administration to help expedite what could be the first drug to treat the core symptoms of autism.

January 30, 2018

More Birth Defects Reported In States With Local Spread Of Zika

Birth defects associated with Zika, including microcephaly and other brain abnormalities, have increased in parts of the U.S. where mosquitoes were spreading the virus, according to the CDC.

January 26, 2018

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