- School employee accused of slapping boy enters guilty plea Updated: Apr-30-16 12:05 pm
CALDWELL, Idaho - A former speech therapist at a Caldwell elementary school gas pleaded guilty to misdemeanor injury to a child.
- Montana officials eye options for troubled state facility Updated: Apr-27-16 7:12 pm
BOULDER, Montana - Montana officials will seek help from the Legislature to address concerns among Boulder residents about the impending closure of a residential facility for the developmentally disabled.
- 2 teens who bullied developmentally disabled boy disciplined Updated: Apr-26-16 8:24 am
SYLVANIA, Ohio - Two teenagers accused of assaulting and bullying a developmentally disabled classmate at a northwest Ohio school will have to apologize and serve 25 hours of community service to help people with special needs.
- Massachusetts father runs 6 marathons for autistic son Updated: Apr-25-16 9:31 am
BOSTON - For Chris Beck, crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday marked the end of an exhausting, but rewarding year. He ran the Abbott World Marathon Majors, of which Boston is one, in one year to raise awareness about autism for his son Owen.
- 'I am here' - Silenced by autism, young man finds his voice Updated: Apr-25-16 12:14 am
METAIRIE, Louisiana - Benjamin Alexander cannot speak, but he is determined to be heard. He cannot type without a hand to support his, and yet he writes and writes, his inner voice shouting out his thoughts. He returns repeatedly to the "fiend" that tried to silence him, the autism he sarcastically calls his "gift."
- Judge: La death row inmate not intellectually disabled Updated: Apr-24-16 11:57 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A state judge has ruled that a Baton Rouge man sentenced to death for killing an elderly couple is not intellectually disabled, and therefore may be executed.
- Autistic boy can't speak, but he sure loves his words Updated: Apr-24-16 10:39 am
LAKE STEVENS, Washington - They hung out on the back deck, just the two of them: the boy who couldn't speak and his mother who was desperate to give him words.
- Q&A: A look at nonverbal autism, facilitated communication Updated: Apr-24-16 12:19 am
Benjamin Alexander, the first student with nonverbal autism to attend Tulane University in New Orleans, is an English major and a writer who's had essays published locally. He uses a form of facilitated communication, or supported typing, and hopes to educate others about living with autism.
- Autistic teen missing from NYC school rescued from water Updated: Apr-23-16 11:22 pm
NEW YORK - Police say a non-verbal autistic teenager reported missing from his school in Brooklyn has been rescued by officers who found him naked in the water near Coney Island.
- Lawsuit says Virginia jailers abused autistic inmate Updated: Apr-21-16 5:28 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia prison and jail officials violated an autistic and mentally disabled inmate's constitutional rights by subjecting him to cruel and inhumane conditions, including long stretches in solitary confinement, his lawyers say in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.
- Actress hold book reading in support of autism awareness Updated: Apr-21-16 5:14 pm
CUMMING, Georgia - Actress Holly Robinson Peete held an intimate book-reading event in Atlanta for children with autism and their families.
- Documentary turns Disney-loving autistic man into a star Updated: Apr-21-16 2:44 pm
NEW YORK - Owen Suskind had largely retreated into silence in the years after his autism began to manifest, around age 3. Three painfully mute years later, and after countless rapt hours spent watching Disney animated movies, a word broke through.
- Fan with disabilities meets Mark Wahlberg after pizza gift Updated: Apr-21-16 10:46 am
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts - Some neighborly hospitality has earned one of Mark Wahlberg's biggest fans a chance to meet the actor and an invite to the premiere of his new movie.
- Judge orders Eugene to compensate family of autistic teen Updated: Apr-17-16 11:00 am
EUGENE, Oregon - Federal judge has ordered the Eugene School District to compensate for denying an autistic teenager proper evaluation and education.
- Lawmaker seeks input on education needs of dyslexic children Updated: Apr-17-16 9:38 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A Rhode Island lawmaker is asking for input on how well the state teaches children with dyslexia.
- State decertifies owner of 9 group homes in northern Alabama Updated: Apr-15-16 3:45 pm
DECATUR, Alabama - The Alabama Department of Mental Health decertified the owner of nine group homes in northern Alabama.
- State Senate votes to reform autism program services Updated: Apr-14-16 5:56 pm
DOVER, Delaware - The state Senate has passed and sent to the House legislation overhauling the way Delaware serves students with autism spectrum disorders.
- Feds: Mentally ill inmates no longer in solitary Updated: Apr-14-16 4:58 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The U.S. Department of Justice says Pennsylvania corrections officials have stopped regularly placing inmates with serious mental illness and intellectual disabilities in solitary confinement.
- Oklahoma Senate approves autism insurance coverage bill Updated: Apr-14-16 2:49 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation that requires health insurers to cover the treatment of children with autism.
- Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials Updated: Apr-13-16 1:43 pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 12
- Illinois lawmakers, disability advocates call for wage hike Updated: Apr-12-16 2:18 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Lawmakers and advocates say workers who care for developmentally disabled residents should get a pay raise to comply with a federal court order.
- Kids help boy with autism sing 'Let It Go' at talent show Updated: Apr-12-16 7:22 am
SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts - A 13-year-old boy with autism performing a song from the movie "Frozen" at a Massachusetts middle school talent show started to stumble on some of the lyrics, but students in the audience were there to pick him up.
- NY caregiver accused of biting, punching disabled person Updated: Apr-12-16 5:41 am
SYRACUSE, New York - A Syracuse caregiver is accused of punching and biting a person with developmental disabilities.
- Troubled school for kids with autism to close down Updated: Apr-11-16 12:57 pm
GREAT BARRINGTON, Massachusetts - A private residential school for boys with autism and behavioral disorders in the Berkshires is closing after the state revoked its license to operate in the wake of staff abuse investigations.
- Yale lab looks to 'toys' to improve life on autism spectrum Updated: Apr-11-16 9:36 am
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Researchers at Yale Child Study Center's Technology and Innovation Laboratory are using "toys" to conduct ground-breaking research to improve treatment and teaching techniques for those on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities.