Latest Developmental disorders News

Two women practice social distancing while talking on Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Boston during the coronavirus outbreak Saturday, April 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Disaster declarations OK'd as New England death toll rises

Apr. 4, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Maine and New Hampshire join the ranks of states approved for federal disaster relief, the head of a major sub maker has contracted the new coronavirus and New England's death toll from the pandemic continues to climb. A look at virus-related developments in the region: CONNECTICUT The...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 file photo, Megan Krail helps a 4-year-old boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder practice trick-or-treating at The University of Texas at Dallas' Callier Center for Communication Disorders preschool class in Dallas. According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, March 26, 2020, about 1 in 54 U.S. children were identified as having autism in 2016. That's up from 1 in 59 children in 2014, and from 1 in 68 children in both 2010 and 2012. The study focused on 8-year-old children. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Autism diagnosis more common in the US as racial gap closes

Mar. 26, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Autism has grown slightly more common in the U.S., but a gap in diagnosis of white and black kids has disappeared, according to a government report released Thursday. Closure of that gap — thanks to increased screening — is the main reason autism diagnoses are up a little,...

St. Clair business employing people with special needs

Mar. 22, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

ST. CLAIR, Mich. (AP) — Milinda Brewington sang along as “My Girl” by The Temptations played on the speakers, the light shining off her collection of necklaces as she worked preparing silverware. Brewington said the work keeps her busy, which she likes. When asked what her favorite thing was...

Business owners voice concerns on disability center closing

Mar. 21, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

WHITE HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — Trish Capone sized up the state’s plans to close her town’s largest employer, a residential center for people with intellectual disabilities. “I’m sure it will have some effect on the whole town,” said Capone, as she sold lottery tickets at White...

Nebraska developmental disabilities head takes federal job

Mar. 18, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The state official who oversees Nebraska's developmental disability services is leaving her post for a new federal job, officials announced Wednesday. Courtney Miller is leaving the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services after serving as the director of the agency's division...

In this Feb. 27, 2020 photo, Wylie Rollings does the dishes in the kitchen in a community room at the Harry Meyering Center in Mankato, Minn., as residents Michael Dreyer and Richard Anderson, right, mull about behind her. (Jackson Forderer/The Free Press via AP)

Low pay, stress: Personal care aides on the front lines

Mar. 16, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Jon Burris doesn’t like to call the developmentally disabled folks he works with “clients.” “I call them individuals. I don’t want to take away their identity.” Burris has an easy, engaging manner as he talks with Nancy Hollerich, a...

Susan Jennings, whose son Joey is a resident of the White Haven Center, joins others protesting the proposed closing of the White Haven Center Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Westmoreland Club, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.  (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Life inside group home slated for closure

Mar. 14, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

WHITE HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — Joey Jennings cruises around White Haven Center on a golf cart, dons a day-glow green jacket to collect trash on the grounds and dresses as Batman to celebrate Halloween. He also goes to dances, karaoke parties and barbecues at the center for people with intellectual disabilities,...

Georgia Senate votes to widen aid for special needs students

Mar. 10, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate approved a bill Tuesday that expands a state program that pays for special education students to attend private schools, capping lengthy and heated debate. The measure passed 33-22 and heads to the state House of Representatives for consideration. The measure would require...

Arkansas DHS requests care-workers get a pay increase

Mar. 9, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Human Services is requesting double-digit pay increases for direct-care workers at state institutions for the developmentally disabled in hopes of retaining the employees. The department's proposal includes five human development centers where pay would...

Delegate Rodney Miller, D-Boone, center, tosses a tball up and down as the West Virginia legislature works on their final bills during the last regular day of the session Saturday, March 7, 2020, in the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. (Chris Dorst/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

West Virginia lawmakers OK budget on last day of session

Mar. 7, 2020 8:49 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers approved a state budget Saturday, the final day of the legislative session. The $4.6 billion budget was overwhelmingly approved by both the Senate and House of Delegates, where lawmakers largely spent the last day of the 60-day session backslapping and...