- Virginia death row appeal focuses on 'adaptive functioning' Updated: May-25-15 9:35 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Arguments in a federal appeals court suggest that a Virginia death row inmate's claim that he can't be executed because he is intellectually disabled could turn on his ability to handle everyday tasks.
- Hearing set on adding autism to medical marijuana list Updated: May-23-15 4:05 am
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Michigan - The state is taking public comment on a request to add autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.
- Settlement to change New Mexico's disability waiver system Updated: May-22-15 3:58 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over claims of wrongly denied or limited services for people with developmental disabilities after the state adopted a new assessment system.
- US probes possible California voting violations for disabled Updated: May-20-15 6:17 pm
LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether California illegally denied voting rights to people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities, officials confirmed Wednesday.
- Missouri fines Aetna for paying for uninsured abortions Updated: May-19-15 8:05 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that insurer Aetna has agreed to pay $4.5 million for violations of state law that included paying for elective abortions when the women were not eligible under their policies, marking the largest insurance penalty in state history.
- Boy works to create fund for autism service dogs Updated: May-16-15 1:37 pm
ST. MARYS, Georgia - Diego Diaz is only 9 years old, but he knows how autism can impact families in ways others can only imagine.
- New Britain police officer saves autistic child from pool Updated: May-14-15 3:26 am
NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut - A New Britain police officer is being called a hero after rescuing a missing autistic boy from a neighbor's pool.
- Springfield teacher charged with striking autistic child Updated: May-13-15 1:02 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri - Prosecutors have charged a longtime teacher at Missouri state schools for the severely disabled with abusing a young autistic student, alleging that she slapped the boy in the head several times.
- Mothers of children with autism offer more than love Updated: May-13-15 9:37 am
MUNCIE, Indiana - A scar twists along Christine Weida's left forearm. She has it covered with the sleeve of a white sweater.
- Autistic boy fatally struck by train in central Alabama Updated: May-12-15 3:39 pm
PLANTERSVILLE, Alabama - Authorities say an autistic boy has died after being struck by a train in central Alabama.
- Mother chides United for removing autistic teen from plane Updated: May-12-15 12:46 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - An Oregon woman says United Airlines overreacted when it diverted a flight and removed her family from a plane after she and the crew had problems finding her autistic 15-year-old daughter something to eat.
- Mom plans to sue after autistic daughter removed from plane Updated: May-12-15 7:48 am
PORTLAND, Oregon - An Oregon woman says she intends to sue United Airlines after her flight home made an emergency landing, and authorities removed her family from the plane after she and the flight crew had problems finding her autistic 15-year-old daughter something to eat.
- Oregon family upset after being removed from flight Updated: May-10-15 7:02 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - An Oregon woman says her family was removed from a United Airlines flight because her autistic teen daughter was deemed "disruptive."
- Police: Teacher lowered autistic boy head-first into trash Updated: May-07-15 12:52 pm
MARIETTA, Georgia - A Georgia special education teacher is accused of cruelty to children after police say she held an autistic boy upside-down by his legs and lowered him head-first into a trash can.
- W.Va. officials change proposal to rework disabled program Updated: May-05-15 3:11 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Amid public pressure, state health officials said Tuesday that they would scale back some of the proposed changes to the Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Waiver program.
- SC agrees to refund $1.6M it owes feds under Medicaid Updated: May-05-15 8:08 am
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - A new report shows that South Carolina has agreed to repay the federal government $1.6 million it overcharged under a special Medicaid program.
- Audit: Louisiana has long wait list for Medicaid services Updated: May-04-15 6:34 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's elderly and developmentally disabled wait longer than people in other states to get community-based services through Medicaid, according to a report released Monday by the legislative auditor.
- Judge: Man convicted in child's death not mentally disabled Updated: May-03-15 7:01 pm
LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana - A man convicted in 2004 of raping and murdering a 4-year-old girl does not have an intellectual disability that would bar his execution, a Calcasieu Parish judge has ruled.
- Old, new tech used to research genetic disorders in children Updated: May-03-15 1:02 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kansas - The University of Kansas Medical Center is exploring genetic disorders in children with a combination of next-generation and century-old research methods.
- Indiana couple sues Anthem over insurer's autism policy Updated: May-02-15 6:09 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana couple whose son has autism is suing Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, alleging that its policy of denying coverage for autism therapy during school hours violates state and federal laws.
- Maryville College pairing students with autistic children Updated: May-02-15 2:26 pm
MARYVILLE, Tennessee - A new course at Maryville College is pairing students with autistic children.
- Event to benefit autism foundation honoring Newtown victim Updated: May-02-15 9:26 am
NEWTOWN, Connecticut - Runners and bicyclists are gathering in Newtown for what organizers are calling a "wingathlon" to benefit the foundation set up by the family of one of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre.
- Gov. Deal signs autism insurance bill for kids Updated: Apr-29-15 4:25 pm
ATLANTA - Many parents who have struggled to get medical help for their autistic children will now qualify for insurance coverage under a new law signed Wednesday by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
- NC autism services mandate for insurers clears Senate Updated: Apr-28-15 10:17 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina-regulated health insurance plans would be required to cover autism diagnosis and treatment under legislation that has support from a number of advocacy groups and now most state senators.