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Tag: policy

April 2019
Mother walking kindergarten age child
News

Despite measles outbreaks, vaccine exemptions easy to obtain in U.S. states

by ,  /  5 April 2019

As measles outbreaks continue across the United States, newly revealed health records from Oregon suggest it’s surprisingly easy to opt out of required vaccinations in that state — as in several others.

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March 2019
child with clinician in diagnosis
News

Australia adopts standards for autism diagnosis, to mixed reviews

by  /  27 March 2019

Australia has become the latest country to establish guidelines for diagnosing autism, but getting clinicians to comply may be difficult.

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February 2019
Opinion

Changes to Canada autism program could do more harm than good

by ,  /  15 February 2019

The Ontario, Canada, government recently announced its intentions to overhaul the Ontario Autism Program, but the changes could leave autistic children without supports.

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Child having temperature taken
News

Immigration fears force family to forego autism services for citizen child

by ,  /  1 February 2019

As U.S. immigration enforcement becomes stricter under the Trump administration, more immigrant families are cutting ties with healthcare services and other critical government programs.

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January 2019
Researchers and doctors interacting with family with genetic syndrome
Opinion / Viewpoint

Reaching out to families can inspire new autism research

by  /  29 January 2019

For students and early-career investigators, opportunities to meet and talk with the people they are trying to help underscores why the work matters.

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Scientists and others protest over government shutdown
News

U.S. government shutdown threatens research grants, autism care

by  /  25 January 2019

As the partial government shutdown in the U.S. enters its sixth week, some scientists are working without pay, and federal workers with autistic children are restoring to desperate measures.

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Mom Toni Hoy with ah photograph of her adopted son.
News

Parents forced to trade custody for children’s mental-health care

by  /  11 January 2019

Each year, dozens of families in Illinois give up custody of their children to help them get mental-health services.

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December 2018
Doctor with toddler in medical office.
News

Number of uninsured children rising for first time in decade

by ,  /  3 December 2018

After years of steady decline, the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose by 276,000 in 2017.

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November 2018
News

Motor, sensory traits refine autism definition in research framework

by  /  7 November 2018

Adding motor and sensory data boosts the accuracy of Research Domain Criteria — a broad research framework adopted by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health — for predicting autism.

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Illustration shows Austria lagging behind Germany--doctors and researchers are taking bigger steps in Germany.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How Austria can restore its status as a center of autism research

by  /  6 November 2018

Austria must train more autism specialists, expand its research funding and build more centers for autism diagnosis and treatment.

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