Latest Developmental disorders News

'As We See It' portrays young adulthood on autism spectrum

Jan. 19, 2022 12:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Some TV characters have lofty goals. They want to find a soul mate, a fulfilling career or their place in the world. Then there's Harrison. When we first meet him, he just hopes to walk to the coffee shop alone. Harrison — played by Albert Rutecki — is one of...

Making his voice heard: Teen with autism marks 250th podcast

Jan. 15, 2022 00:04 AM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Even before there was an audience, Jackson Robol had a knack for talking sports. His parents would hear him calling play-by-play as he watched football and basketball upstairs and wonder if their son, who has autism, could benefit from having his voice heard...

Alabama mulls literacy act change as reading scores improve

Jan. 15, 2022 00:04 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — More than half of Alabama elementary school teachers are now trained in the science of reading, and the state is seeing major increases in summer learning participation, according to a recent report by the Alabama Reading Initiative. “We have to raise our...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 12, 2022 16:27 PM EST

Philadelphia Inquirer. January 10, 2022. Editorial: To help Pennsylvanians, Biden must alleviate student loan debt Fourteen percent of people in our state carry student loan debt. Forgiving those debts could be a game changer for Pennsylvania residents. ...

Arkansas governor proposes $6B budget for coming year

Jan. 11, 2022 18:14 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday proposed a $6 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that includes increases for public schools. services for the developmentally disabled and higher starting salaries for state troopers. The Republican governor,...

Judge: Rodriquez can't use intellectual disability as factor

Jan. 09, 2022 13:24 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge says defense attorneys cannot use intellectual disability as a factor in the second death penalty debate for a man convicted in the killing of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. Judge Ralph Erickson last year ordered a new sentencing...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 05, 2022 09:59 AM EST

Philadelphia Inquirer. Jan. 3, 2022. Editorial: A new year requires a better plan to tackle gun violence crisis It took about 90 minutes for Philadelphia to experience its first homicide of 2022. By 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, a 33-year-old had been fatally...

Autistic woman sues company over firing about communication

Jan. 04, 2022 15:25 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An autistic woman who worked for a North Carolina company has filed a lawsuit over her firing, saying the company never helped her understand what the firm meant when it flagged her for “unprofessional” communication. In a lawsuit filed Dec. 27 in the...

Jake's mice: Searching for answers to the puzzle of autism

Jan. 02, 2022 09:05 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Litvag leaned in for a closer look as a lab mouse scurried around an enclosure, stopping to sniff a large block. “Hi, Jakob 1. I’m Jake,” the 16-year-old said, naming the little furry creature engineered to have the same genetic abnormality he has. ...

Louisiana widening Medicaid to cover more disabled children

Dec. 30, 2021 11:38 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will expand its Medicaid program in January to provide coverage to more children with developmental disabilities whose parents made too much money to qualify for the taxpayer-financed insurance under prior eligibility rules. Federal officials...