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Social Class May Influence Autism Diagnosis

Even as autism prevalence has increased, new research finds that the likelihood of getting diagnosed with the developmental disorder remains largely tied to socioeconomics.

October 17, 2017
"Night to Shine"

Hundreds Of Proms In The Works For Those With Special Needs

Planning is underway for hundreds of proms specifically for people with disabilities that are set to take place around the world on a single day.

October 17, 2017

Manager Accused Of Forcing Man With Intellectual Disability To Work

A restaurant manager is accused of using force, restraint and coercion, among other means, to compel a man with intellectual disability to work as a buffet cook for more than five years.

October 17, 2017

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School desks

Special Ed Program An Unconstitutional ‘Dumping Ground,’ Suit Claims

A class-action lawsuit brought by parents and advocates is accusing one state of relegating students with disabilities to separate, unequal schooling.

October 16, 2017
Social Security office

SSI Payments To Increase In 2018

People with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security are set to see their largest rise in benefits in years.

October 13, 2017

Mom, Nonverbal Son Win Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Say Mama’ Contest

When Jimmy Fallon and the "Today" show put out a call for cute videos of kids saying "mama," they probably didn't expect one from a boy on the spectrum who's never uttered a word.

October 13, 2017

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Autism Insurance Mandates Boost Access To Care, Study Says

Kids with autism who live in states that require insurers to cover treatment for the developmental disorder are receiving significantly more services, researchers say.

October 12, 2017

Report Finds People With Developmental Disabilities Dying In State Care

The state of Georgia continues to have people with developmental disabilities die while under state care, with 160 deaths in the past fiscal year, according to a court-appointed observer.

October 11, 2017

Cities Ranked On Disability Friendliness

Factoring everything from affordability to accessibility and quality of life, a new ranking is grading the nation's cities on how desirable they are to people with disabilities.

October 10, 2017

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Caregivers Act Clears Senate

Legislation to establish a federal strategy to address the needs of family caregivers — including those supporting people with developmental disabilities — is gaining steam.

October 10, 2017
Universal Studios

Judge: Universal Studios Discriminated Against Man In Power Chair

An administrative judge says an Orlando man was discriminated against after he could not use his motorized wheelchair to wait in line for rides at Universal Studios.

October 10, 2017
Leonardo Coakley details a car dashboard at Rising Tide Car Wash

Autism-Focused Business Venture Expanding

A unique social venture with a mission to hire adults on the spectrum is growing, offering more job opportunities for a population that's traditionally underemployed.

October 9, 2017

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