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Despite Proposed FDA Ban, Shock Devices Remain

A year after the FDA proposed a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks to those with disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior, the rule has yet to be finalized.

April 28, 2017

Autism Research Funding Declines

Spending on autism research is down, according to a new federal report, after the nation's largest source of such funds chopped its contribution.

April 27, 2017

Study Backs Therapeutic Benefits Of Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is frequently offered for people with developmental disabilities and now a new analysis suggests that the activity really does have a therapeutic benefit.

April 25, 2017

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Wandering May Be Treatable, Study Finds

Many kids with disabilities have a tendency to wander away from safe places — with potentially tragic consequences — but a new study suggests that it's possible to mitigate such behavior.

April 20, 2017

FDA Warns Of Products Claiming To Cure Autism

The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning that many products claiming to cure or treat autism are bogus and may in fact be dangerous.

April 13, 2017

Stem Cells Show Promise For Treating Autism

A small, but promising study suggests that stem cells from a child's own cord blood may offer an effective treatment for autism symptoms.

April 5, 2017

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Dr. Tom Lacy examines a 2-year-old

Study: Wait For Developmental Specialists Often 5 Months Or More

The number of doctors with the expertise to evaluate and treat kids with developmental disabilities is alarmingly low, researchers say, which can delay critical assessments and intervention.

March 31, 2017

Study Looks At How Autism Impacts Parents

Moms and dads of kids with autism spend less time together than couples with typically-developing children, new research suggests, but that doesn't mean they don't support one another.

March 28, 2017
President Donald Trump reacts, as Vice President Mike Pence looks on

Collapse Of Health Care Bill Leaves Medicaid Unscathed

A Republican proposal to overhaul the nation's health care system and fundamentally alter Medicaid is off the table and that's good news for people with disabilities, advocates say.

March 27, 2017

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Many With Disabilities Fear Medicaid Cuts Will Diminish Independence

If federal Medicaid money dwindles and states have to find savings, they may be tempted to drop home- and community-based services for people with developmental disabilities.

March 21, 2017
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney

Trump’s ‘Skinny Budget’ Sows Uncertainty For Disability Programs

Deep cuts to domestic spending outlined in a budget plan released by the White House this week could have big implications for people with developmental disabilities.

March 17, 2017
Blood samples

Autism May Be Detectable In Blood

Scientists say they can predict with near perfect accuracy whether or not a child has autism from a blood sample.

March 16, 2017

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