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Blood, Urine Tests Could Change How Autism Is Diagnosed

New research suggests that blood and urine tests could one day be used to diagnose autism, potentially offering a biomarker to identify children at younger ages.

February 20, 2018

Advocates Caution Against Autism Connection In School Shooting

After news reports indicated that the school shooter in Florida may be on the spectrum, autism advocates are working to dispel links between violence and the developmental disability.

February 20, 2018
Morgan Cansler and Conrad "Tyler" DiFalco-Jimenez

Their Disabilities Challenge Their Lives, But Not Their Love

With their wedding planned for this fall, a couple with intellectual disabilities is proving naysayers wrong who doubt that they can have love and a serious relationship like anyone else.

February 20, 2018

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Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Federal Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions In Jeopardy

Funding is quickly running out for a popular Medicaid program that transitions people with disabilities from costly institutions to home and community-based living.

February 19, 2018

Trump Budget Draws Strong Opposition From Advocates

President Donald Trump is calling for modifications to Medicaid and Social Security alongside cuts to federal spending on many programs that benefit people with disabilities.

February 16, 2018
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House Lawmakers Approve Changes To Americans With Disabilities Act

Amid vocal protests, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve sweeping changes to the ADA that critics say will weaken protections for people with disabilities.

February 15, 2018

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For Adults With Autism, Specialized Therapy May Boost Employment Odds

New research suggests that a type of therapy relying on computer-based exercises and small group sessions can yield big gains for adults with autism, potentially increasing employability.

February 15, 2018
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos greets college students

Disability Nonprofit Among Groups To Receive Betsy DeVos’ Salary

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will give away her entire salary from her first year on the job and some of the money is headed to a nonprofit serving those with disabilities.

February 14, 2018

School District Ordered To Reimburse Family For Private Placement

A school district must pay private school and legal costs for the family at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that established a new precedent for special education law, a court ruled.

February 13, 2018

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Boy Invents Game To Help Sister With Autism

A modified pingpong game invented by a fifth-grader is attracting national attention and now being manufactured for sale by a toy company.

February 13, 2018
Book covers

Children’s Books Honored For Disability Themes

Three children's books are garnering major accolades for telling the stories of people with disabilities, receiving special honors alongside the famed Newbery and Caldecott Medals.

February 13, 2018
Man in wheelchair

Congress Weighs Changes To ADA

Disability advocacy groups are rallying to fight against legislation they say would undermine longstanding accessibility protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

February 12, 2018

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