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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
Pediatrician Brenda Holson visits with a 2-year-old patient.

Pediatricians Pressed To Help Families Of Kids With Disabilities

Doctors are being urged to do more to collaborate with families of children with developmental disabilities as they face decisions about diagnosis, treatment and supports.

June 2, 2017

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Autism Symptoms Improve With Help From Century-Old Drug

With a single infusion of a 100-year-old drug, children with autism showed significant improvement in language, behavior and socialization, according to results from a small new study.

May 31, 2017
Abril sits in the living room while her parents make breakfast.

Parents Of Those With Disabilities Fear Deportation

Anticipating a broader immigration crackdown, undocumented families are hiring lawyers and scrambling to make contingency plans for their U.S.-born children with disabilities.

May 23, 2017
U.S. Capitol

Lawmakers Propose Wider Access To Community-Based Services

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing new federal legislation that would ensure people with disabilities have access to community-based services.

May 19, 2017

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In Treating Autism, Drugs Often Overshadow Behavior Therapy

Many kids with autism are taking antipsychotics without participating in behavior therapy, new research suggests, despite evidence that medication is most helpful when paired with therapy.

May 16, 2017
Angel Bowling, who has autism, works with speech and language pathologist Stacey Fernstrum.

Study: Autism Behaviors Often Unrelated To Speech Difficulties

When children with autism struggle with behavior, it's commonly attributed to speech issues or frustration associated with communication. But new research suggests that may not be the case.

May 12, 2017
Kevin Ginsburg, 39, who lives in a group home in Pittsburgh, walks to dinner with his mother, Barb.

New Medicaid Waiver Rule Delayed

The Trump administration is giving states more wiggle room in the rollout of a rule that establishes a new standard for what counts as home and community-based services.

May 11, 2017

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Severe Shortage Of Direct Care Workers Triggering Crisis

Critical shortages of in-home care workers are cropping up across the country, threatening care for people with disabilities.

May 9, 2017

Parents Turn To Cannabis To Treat ASD, Even As Doctors Urge Caution

Dramatic improvements are convincing some parents to try a once unthinkable treatment for their kids with autism — marijuana — despite little evidence to support its use.

May 5, 2017
Lawmakers at White House

House Passes Health Care Bill Alarming Disability Advocates

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a health care overhaul bill that advocates say would have devastating consequences for people with disabilities.

May 4, 2017

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