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Despite No Link With Autism, Vaccine Rates Lag For Kids With ASD

After children are diagnosed with autism, both they and their younger siblings are less likely to receive all recommended vaccinations, according to new research.

March 26, 2018
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Brain Stimulation May Benefit Kids With Cerebral Palsy, Study Finds

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers found that stimulating targeted areas of the brain with a mild electrical current can enhance the motor skills of children with cerebral palsy.

March 22, 2018

Race Is On To Renew Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

Disability advocates are scrambling to get funding renewed for a federal program that's helped thousands with developmental disabilities leave institutions but is now on the brink of collapse.

March 20, 2018

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Study Testing First Medication To Treat Autism

A drug being tested in a nationwide clinical trial could become the first to increase the ability of those with autism to connect socially and overcome other symptoms of the disorder.

March 19, 2018
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Autism Symptoms Rarely Isolated, CDC Researchers Say

Nearly all children with autism are dealing with at least one other condition — and often several — ranging from anxiety to ADHD, sleep, behavioral and GI issues, a new study suggests.

March 16, 2018
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How Medicaid Became A Go-To Funder For Schools

Begun as a health care safety net for children and low-income families, Medicaid increasingly underwrites a range of school services including many benefiting students with disabilities.

March 14, 2018

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Autism Insurance Mandates Trigger Influx Of Service Providers

States that pass laws requiring health insurers to cover ABA therapy for kids with autism are seeing spikes in service providers entering the market, advocates say.

March 13, 2018

Disability Activists Urge FDA To Ban Shock Devices

Dozens of people with disabilities have been camped out for days outside the FDA commissioner's home to pressure the agency to ban electric shock devices used on those with special needs.

March 13, 2018

Medical Schools Adding Focus On Developmental Disabilities

An innovative new program is aiming to ensure that the next generation of doctors is far more prepared to treat the needs of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

March 12, 2018

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Marijuana Complicates Guardianship For Teen With Severe Autism

As a last-ditch effort, one family turned to marijuana to stem the self-injurious behaviors of their daughter with autism. The drug worked, but complicated their quest for guardianship.

March 7, 2018
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Families Affected By FASD Hope For Increased Awareness, Treatments

With new research suggesting that fetal alcohol spectrum disorders could be at least as common as autism, affected families are hopeful that awareness of the condition will increase.

March 6, 2018

Feds Name New National Autism Coordinator

The federal government has a new point person for autism-related research, services and supports.

March 2, 2018

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