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Down Syndrome Treatment Often Requires Traveling

Access to Down syndrome treatment is uneven across the nation, with many who have the chromosomal disorder living hours from the nearest specialty clinic, new research suggests.

February 27, 2020
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Senate Passes Bill Expanding Access To Respite Care

Lawmakers are pressing ahead with a plan to increase federal funding to support respite care for families of those with disabilities and other special needs.

February 26, 2020

Founder Of Global Disability Group Accused Of Sex Abuse

The founder of an international network of communities where adults with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together sexually abused a half-dozen women, the group said.

February 25, 2020

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Study Aims To Identify Risk Of Autism Through Newborn Screening

Researchers are using blood collected during routine newborn screening to test whether it is possible to predict if a newborn is at risk for developing autism before symptoms appear.

February 25, 2020
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Mom Claims Son With Disability Booted From Walmart For Making Noise

A 24-year-old man with a disability can make a lot of noise, his family admits. But they were shocked when they say he was asked to leave a Walmart store because of the sounds he was making.

February 25, 2020
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Ed Department: More Students Being Served Under IDEA

The number of American schoolchildren receiving special education services is on the rise and they're increasingly being served in mainstream classrooms at least part of the day.

February 24, 2020

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CDC Finds Developmental Disabilities More Common In Rural Areas

Children living in certain areas are more likely to have developmental disabilities, according to a new CDC report, and where a child lives significantly impacts how much help they receive.

February 21, 2020

Disney Theme Park Accommodations Case Now In Judge’s Hands

With the conclusion of a three-day bench trial, it's up to a federal judge to determine whether changes to Disney's disability access policy are discriminatory.

February 21, 2020

Feds Say State Violating Law By Limiting Disability Services

The U.S. Department of Justice says it's not okay to cap the hours of support services that people with disabilities receive because they live with their families rather than in group homes.

February 20, 2020

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Two issues known to be common among children with autism – sleep difficulties and behavior problems – may in fact be linked, a new study suggests. (Thinkstock)

Doctors Get Guidance On Treating Autism Sleep Problems

Newly released guidelines are aiming to help families and health care providers determine how to best address sleep problems plaguing many young people with autism.

February 19, 2020
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Disney Goes To Trial Over Theme Park Disability Access Policy

People with autism and other developmental disabilities could soon return to front-of-line status at Disney theme parks, depending on the outcome of a trial getting underway in federal court.

February 18, 2020
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Senators Push FDA To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

Several U.S. senators are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to follow through with a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

February 18, 2020

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