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Friday, April 15, 2016
Children with autism, like people with all types of disabilities, need opportunities to grow and gain independence.
April 7, 2016
Last week, at the annual Carrier Conference, OPM met with the insurance carriers that provide federal families with health plan choices.
April 4, 2016
Researchers develop a range of new sensors and other tools to gauge emotional responses and behavior of children with developmental disorders
April 01, 2016
Every person deserves the chance to reach for their highest hopes and fulfill their greatest potential. On World Autism Awareness Day, we reaffirm our dedication to ensuring that belief is a reality for all those who live on the autism spectrum ‑‑ including 1 in 68 children.
March 31, 2016
An estimated 1 in 68 (14.6 per 1,000) school-aged children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a CDC report published today in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summary
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education took a critical step today toward addressing widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities, proposing a new rule to improve equity in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


November 17, 2015
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has signed an agreement to establish a collaborative, nationwide effort for the collection, storage, and distribution of postmortem human brain tissue for the benefit of autism research.
November 17, 2015
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Education Department is releasing guidance aimed at ensuring that America's 6 million children and youth with disabilities have the same opportunity for a quality education as their nondisabled peers.
November 5, 2015
On November 5, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that CMS is partnering with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to test a new model for providing Medicare-Medicaid enrollees with a more coordinated, person-centered care experience.
October 16, 2015
For many older adults and people with disabilities, the key to remaining independent can be something as simple as a home-delivered meal, a ramp for their homes, or a few hours of respite for a family caregiver. Unfortunately, an often disjointed maze of eligibility criteria, forms, programs, and agencies can prevent even the most determined individuals from obtaining these critical supports.
October 7, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced today that they have joined together to establish a new National Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (Center of Excellence).
July 24, 2015
Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez releases statement in honor of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act
July 16, 2015
Biomarkers Consortium Project to Improve Tools for Measuring and Treating Social Impairment in Children with Autism
May 14, 2015
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $5 million in new and continuing competitive grant awards to support Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, primarily non-profit organizations run by and for families with children and youth with special health care needs.
February 17, 2015
In utero, exposure to the epilepsy drug valporic acid (VPA) appears to elevate the risk to babies of developing an autism spectrum disorder.
January 5, 2015
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced the 17 public members who will serve on the new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, a key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
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