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Service Providers Turn To Washington For Help

Disability providers are looking to Congress for a substantial boost in funding over the next three years as they cope with new mandates that many worry could force service cuts.

August 23, 2016
Gladys Soto, the mother of Arnaldo Rios Soto, and the family's attorney, Mathew Dietz, at left, spoke to the media last month. (Carl Juste/The Miami Herald/TNS)

After Police Shooting Near Group Home, A Familiar Failure

A month after a man with developmental disabilities wandered from his group home and found himself at the center of a police shooting, his mother is struggling to get him needed supports.

August 23, 2016
New research finds that parents of children with autism who acquired a dog experienced decreasing stress levels over time, a phenomenon that was not observed among those without the canines. (Andrew Branch/Unsplash)

Dog Ownership May Ease Stress In Autism Families

Having a pet dog around the house may markedly lower stress and offer other benefits for families of children on the spectrum, researchers say.

August 18, 2016

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Many with autism are attracted to the popular "Pokemon Go" game and say it can promote socialization, exercise and other skills, but experts caution it may not be appropriate for everyone. (Disability Scoop)

‘Pokemon Go’ Has Added Benefits, And Risks, For Those With ASD

Many with autism are attracted to the popular "Pokemon Go" game and say it can promote socialization, exercise and other skills, but experts caution it may not be appropriate for everyone.

August 15, 2016
Adam Paskowitz surfs with Aiden Cullen-Moore, 7, right, while grabbing on to Jeremy Sicile-Kira, 27, who surfed up to them on his boogie board during a Surfers Healing camp at Tourmaline Surf Park near La Jolla, Calif. (Peggy Peattie/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Autism Symptoms Wash Away At Surf Camp

Surf camps held at more than a dozen spots around the globe have become a destination for those with autism and their families.

August 12, 2016
Emily Criss, who has developmental disabilities, with her mother Elizabeth. An increasing number of aging parents are worried about what will happen to their children when they can no longer care for them. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News/TNS)

States Look To Help Aging Parents Of Those With Disabilities

With an increasing number of aging parents still caring for their adult children with developmental disabilities, some states are taking steps to ease their burden.

August 10, 2016

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Apartments Offer Inclusive Option For Adults On The Spectrum

A new apartment building is set to open where adults with autism will live alongside typically-developing neighbors.

August 9, 2016
The cast of ABC's "Speechless" includes Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, Cedric Yarbrough, Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook and Kyla Kennedy. (ABC/Image Group LA)

ABC’s ‘Speechless’ Striving To Be More Than ‘The Disability Show’

Those behind ABC's new comedy about a family with a child who is nonverbal say they're keenly aware of the potential pitfalls and opportunities in portraying disability on television.

August 8, 2016

States Urged To Strengthen Community-Based Options

Federal Medicaid officials are pushing states to do more to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the care they need in order to remain in the community.

August 5, 2016

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Max Vento stars as Joe Hughes in "The A Word," which will return for a second season next year on SundanceTV. (Rory Mulvey/SundanceTV)

TV Drama Focused On Autism Renewed

A television show built around the story of a family dealing with their child's autism diagnosis will return with more episodes.

August 4, 2016
Julie O'Sullivan helps resident Maggie Martin with her hair as Misericordia employee Rebecca Muzemil plays Candy Land with resident Geri Wisniewski, left, at Quinlan Terrace. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Aging Poses New Challenges For Those With Special Needs

Service providers are scrambling to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities who are living longer than ever before.

August 1, 2016

People With Disabilities Denounce Marriage Penalty

Couples are fighting for the right to marry without becoming impoverished or losing important Medicaid-funded services — trade-offs that many with disabilities have long decried as unfair.

July 29, 2016

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