Latest Developmental disorders News

Author pens book on helping kids with autism after hurricane

Nov. 27, 2021 00:18 AM EST

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Hurricanes are stressful for kids but they can be especially confusing and terrifying for children with autism. After Hurricane Ida ripped through Terrebonne and Lafourche Aug. 29, Thibodaux author, teacher and special-needs advocate Sylnita...

Singapore to rule Tuesday on disabled Malaysian's execution

Nov. 25, 2021 23:58 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore’s top court will decide Tuesday on the fate of a Malaysian man on death row who is believed to be mentally disabled, his family and a rights group said Friday. The hearing at the Court of Appeal was originally scheduled for Nov....

Montana jury orders state to pay $16M to child abuse victim

Nov. 24, 2021 16:29 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana jury has awarded $16.6 million in damages to a victim of child abuse after a judge ruled the state failed to properly investigate abuse allegations before the 6-month-old girl suffered a traumatic brain injury that led to blindness, developmental delays...

Tennessee judge vacates 2 death sentences for inmate

Nov. 23, 2021 15:31 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Moments before a Tennessee judge freed him from death row, Pervis Payne walked into a courtroom, hugged his lawyer and wept. Payne, who was sentenced to death in the 1987 killings of a mother and daughter, held attorney Kelley Henry tightly and...

Van for disabled strayed, hit truck in crash that killed 5

Nov. 23, 2021 14:15 PM EST

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The van in a crash with a tractor-trailer that killed five of its passengers had been leased to an organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities, and it was the vehicle that crossed the center line of an Ohio highway and hit the truck, officials said...

January execution date for Alabama man convicted in slaying

Nov. 18, 2021 21:32 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has set a January execution date for an inmate convicted in the 1996 shotgun killing of a man who towed his car after it broke down. The Alabama Supreme Court on Thursday set a Jan. 27 lethal injection date for Matthew Reeves, 43. Reeves...

Death sentence removed over inmate's mental disability claim

Nov. 18, 2021 19:00 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate will no longer face execution over the slayings of a mother and daughter more than 30 years ago because of claims that he is intellectually disabled, a prosecutor announced Thursday. Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich...

Autistic Cambodian teen, jailed for online comments, freed

Nov. 10, 2021 03:26 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An autistic Cambodian teenager vowed Wednesday to continue to fight for his father's freedom after completing his own prison sentence for social media comments critical of the government in a case that has attracted international attention. ...

Singapore delays appeal hearing on disabled man's execution

Nov. 09, 2021 11:51 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's top court on Tuesday postponed the appeal hearing for a Malaysian man on death row who is believed to be mentally disabled, after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, in a case that has drawn international attention. Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam,...

Singapore suspends disabled Malaysian's execution amid pleas

Nov. 08, 2021 10:38 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's High Court on Monday suspended the scheduled execution of a Malaysian man believed to be mentally disabled until an appeal is heard, amid pleas from the international community and rights groups. Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, 33, was due to...