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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

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

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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

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

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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
Demonstrators at the Hart Senate Office Building

Dozens With Disabilities Arrested On Capitol Hill

After the U.S. Senate narrowly voted to begin debate on a health care bill that includes sweeping changes to Medicaid, several dozen protesters with disabilities were arrested.

July 26, 2017

When It Comes To Diagnosing Autism, Even Experts Miss Signs

Autism has attracted a huge amount of attention in recent years, but many families who suspect their child may be on the spectrum continue to face barriers.

July 21, 2017

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Republican senators outside White House

Prospect Of Cuts To Disability Services Looms Large

With a vote anticipated on a Republican health care plan that would fundamentally transform Medicaid, disability advocates say the threat to disability services remains very real.

July 21, 2017
Andrew Butler, left, lets his parents, Mark and Susan, know that he wants to leave and go for a car ride

State Aims To Help Parents Keep Custody Of Kids With Disabilities

One state is working to keep families together with a new crisis fund designed to help children with severe behaviors get the support they need without forcing parents to give up custody.

July 19, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Disability Services Remain In Peril Under Revised Health Bill

Despite a nod to the vulnerability of home and community-based services under a Senate GOP health care bill, disability advocates say a new version of the proposal does little to quell fears.

July 14, 2017

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