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For Those With Autism, Behavioral Crises May Have Warning Signs

Many kids and teens with autism exhibit challenging behaviors, but new research suggests that certain risk factors separate those that end up needing inpatient treatment.

July 13, 2017

Plan To Shield Kids With Disabilities From Medicaid Cuts Falls Short

Despite senators' efforts to exempt children with disabilities from a Republican proposal to reduce federal funding for Medicaid, experts say caps would apply to the majority of these kids.

July 11, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Caps Would Pinch Medicaid For Decades To Come

Cuts to Medicaid — the primary source of supports for millions with disabilities — would continue for decades under a U.S. Senate proposal to cap the program, a nonpartisan analysis finds.

June 30, 2017

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Electronic Devices Help Nonverbal Kids Find Their Voice

With ever-growing options, electronic devices are allowing children with disabilities who are nonverbal to start communicating and, in some cases, learn to speak on their own.

June 27, 2017
Medicaid

With Billions In Proposed Cuts, Medicaid Waivers May Be At Risk

The health care proposal in the U.S. Senate would slash $772 billion from Medicaid in the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said, seriously compromising disability services.

June 27, 2017
A protester with the disability rights group ADAPT is escorted by police

Disability Services Threatened Under Proposed Cuts To Medicaid

Funding for community-based services and other supports for people with developmental disabilities would be in jeopardy under a U.S. Senate proposal to radically alter Medicaid.

June 23, 2017

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Predicting Success Of Autism Treatments May Be Possible, Study Finds

Participating in autism interventions can be costly and time consuming, but new research suggests there could be a way to predict whether or not specific treatments will be effective.

June 22, 2017
A supporter of the Affordable Care Act holds a sign during a rally

Disability Advocates Push Back On Health Bill As Vote Looms

Advocates are working furiously to oppose a health care bill that they say would bring devastating cuts to services and supports that people with disabilities rely on.

June 20, 2017

Fever During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Odds

Expectant mothers who have a fever during pregnancy are significantly more likely to have a child with autism, new research suggests.

June 16, 2017

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States Lag In Keeping Medicaid Enrollees Out Of Nursing Homes

A new report finds that states are not doing enough to help people with disabilities receive services in the community instead of in nursing homes, where care is more expensive.

June 16, 2017
Brain scans

Autism Detectable In Infants, Study Suggests

Long before an official diagnosis, a single brain scan at 6 months of age may be able to predict with near perfect accuracy which babies will develop autism.

June 8, 2017
Police arrest demonstrators in wheelchairs at the U.S. Capitol

Disability Advocates Protest Medicaid Cuts

Dozens of advocacy groups are joining members of Congress to sound alarm bells about proposed cuts to Medicaid, which they say will have severe consequences for people with disabilities.

June 6, 2017

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