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‘Social Robots’ Show Promise As Autism Intervention

Children with autism could see meaningful social skills gains from working with an interactive robot at home, researchers say.

August 31, 2018

Vaccine Debate Pits Parents’ Rights Against Community Risk

More and more parents are forgoing vaccines often because of concerns about a supposed link to autism, even though years of research has debunked that notion.

August 28, 2018
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CDC Expands Autism Monitoring Efforts

For the first time, the government's autism surveillance network will begin factoring the experiences of teenagers with the developmental disorder.

August 23, 2018

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More Americans Have Disabilities, Survey Finds

One in 4 Americans lives with some type of disability, according to new federal data.

August 21, 2018

Study Finds No Link Between Prenatal Tdap Vaccine, Autism

A vaccine that's strongly recommended for pregnant women does not influence the odds that their children will develop autism, according to a large new study.

August 17, 2018
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Speech Professionals Denounce Controversial Communication Methods

A group representing the nation's speech-language pathologists is warning against using controversial "facilitator-dependent" communication techniques with people who have disabilities.

August 15, 2018

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Incentives Floated For Treating People With Developmental Disabilities

Federal lawmakers are looking to make doctors and other health care services far more available for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

August 13, 2018

Behavior Therapists Accused Of Billing For ‘Impossible’ Hours

Amid concerns about fraudulent billing by behavior analysts, providers say that one state's Medicaid program is dragging out approvals and preventing kids from getting therapy for months.

August 3, 2018
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Kids With Autism See Social Skills Boost With Google Glass

New research suggests that technology developed by Google may be able to help unlock social abilities and lessen symptom severity in children with autism.

August 2, 2018

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Trump Signs Law Delaying Caregiver Check-In Mandate

President Donald Trump signed bipartisan legislation delaying a controversial Medicaid requirement that service providers electronically check in when assisting people with disabilities.

August 1, 2018
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Couples Feel Pressure To Divorce To Help Their Kids With Disabilities

Struggling to afford the specialized equipment and treatments their children with disabilities need, some couples consider divorcing so that their kids can qualify for government benefits.

July 30, 2018

Once Mainly Unregulated, Behavior Analysis Increasingly Requires A License

Much like doctors, hair dressers and other professionals, behavior analysts must now be licensed in most states, which advocates say ensures oversight and protects families from imposters.

July 27, 2018

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