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January 20, 2012

New Autism Definition Could Exclude Many From Diagnosis

Asperger syndrome and PDD-NOS would disappear as diagnoses and the autism spectrum would grow narrower under a new definition proposed by the American Psychiatric Association.

December 12, 2011

How are States Addressing Autism? With Money, Training, and More

States are requiring new types of training for educators working with children who have autism, providing fresh sources of funding for private school vouchers for these students, and undertaking new studies to try to address the needs of children with autism as well as requiring insurance companies to provide coverage of one widely used autism treatment.

November 21, 2011

Do Parents of Children With Autism File More Lawsuits?

As the number of children diagnosed with autism has increased over the last few years, new research finds these students are disproportionately involved in lawsuits about whether they are getting a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive setting as required by federal law.

October 17, 2011

Breakthroughs in Diagnosing, One Day Preventing Autism

A new collection of research makes it possible to diagnose autism in those with Down syndrome, and diagnose autism earlier--and possibly prevent it.

October 07, 2011

Testing, No Testing, Too Much Testing

How should students with disabilities be tested? Or should they be? These are questions with many answers: It depends on whom you ask.

September 30, 2011

President Signs Autism Law, Providing Millions for Research

Some $231 million will be spent on autism research over the next three years, continuing work done during the last five on a condition that has become relatively common during the last two decades.

September 12, 2011

Autism Bill Passed by U.S. Senate Committee

A bill that provides for $231 million in spending on autism research, keeping several programs already in action going, cleared one hurdle to its passage.

September 09, 2011

Federal Health Agency Must Do More on Restraints, Seclusion

A federal committee wants more done to ensure children and adults subjected to restraints or seclusion are kept safe.

August 24, 2011

Online, Virtual Classes Expand for Students With Disabilities

Read a special report about how online and virtual classes are growing and changing to work with disabilities.

August 08, 2011

Review of IDEA Shows More Use of Response to Intervention

A new study evaluates many ways in which the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is working, and not. The study finds that more schools are using response to intervention, but fewer schools are able to address parents' complaints.

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