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Worries Abound Over Medicaid Mandate That Caregivers Check In

Even with new guidance, advocates say there's not enough time for states to implement a requirement that caregivers electronically check in when providing in-home disability services.

May 18, 2018

FDA Grants Fast-Track Status To Possible Autism Drug

For at least the second time this year, the Food and Drug Administration is moving to accelerate the approval process for a drug designed to address the core symptoms of autism.

May 17, 2018
Andrew Butler, left, lets his parents, Mark and Susan, know that he wants to leave and go for a car ride

Fitbit-Like Device Shows Promise In Predicting Autism Aggression

A system that uses a digital wristband and a mobile app could someday predict outbursts among children with autism, allowing family members and helpers to prevent and prepare for episodes.

May 14, 2018

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How Geography Influences Autism Treatment

There are many treatment options for children with autism ranging from speech and behavioral therapy to medication, but which ones families choose appears to depend on where they live.

May 10, 2018
Korrie Johnson in her room at a nursing home

Caregiver Shortage Forcing Young People With Disabilities Into Institutions

A chronic and deepening shortage of home care workers is forcing scores of younger people with disabilities to move into sterile and highly restrictive institutions, including nursing homes.

May 9, 2018
Child in an EEG cap

Test Predicts Autism In Babies As Young As 3 Months

New research suggests that a simple, inexpensive test may be able to accurately identify whether or not children as young as 3 months will go on to have autism.

May 3, 2018

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Researchers Eye Controversial Marijuana Compound To Treat Severe Autism

A study will examine whether a non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana can ease the most severe symptoms of autism, including seizures, self-injurious behavior and crippling anxiety.

May 1, 2018
Boy with autism playing

Autism Prevalence On The Rise, CDC Says

An increasing number of American children are being diagnosed with autism, according to new government figures.

April 26, 2018

Lawmakers Seek Reparations For People Sterilized

Lawmakers in some states are looking to do right by the thousands of people — many with disabilities — who were sterilized last century under policies embraced by much of the country.

April 24, 2018

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For Aspiring Doctors With Disabilities, Many Med Schools Come Up Short

A survey finds that medical schools should do more to help doctors with disabilities thrive. Although some schools make accommodations, the report says others need to take steps to help.

April 24, 2018

Asperger’s Controversial Past: Doctor Behind Syndrome Linked To Nazis

A new paper and a forthcoming book are bringing claims that the physician for whom Asperger's syndrome was named had ties to the Nazi Party and its euthanasia efforts.

April 20, 2018

Will The FDA Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs?

Just one place in the country is known to use electric shock devices to modify the behavior of people with developmental disabilities. Advocates want to put an end to the practice.

April 16, 2018

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