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December 21, 2020

Feds Award Millions to Individuals with Disabilities Affected by COVID for Housing

More than Three Dozen States to Receive Funds for Rental Assistance The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be awarding over $130 million through two different housing initiatives for people with disabilities. The first HUD effort provides $86.85 million through funding vouchers to public housing agencies for non-elderly individuals with disabilities who […]

December 21, 2020

The Autism Research Institute is Recruiting Families to Participate in a Harvard Medical School Study

ARI is Searching for Brothers and Sisters with ASD From the announcement: Participate in Research: Seeking families who have boy and girl siblings diagnosed with ASD Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Autism Research Institute are investigating whether the reason why boys are more affected than girls is related to differences […]

December 21, 2020

Similar Social Cognition Impairments Found in Schizophrenia and Autism

Matching Differences Detected in Emotion Processing and Theory of Mind Deficits in social cognition are characteristics found in both schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSDs) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Historically,  these two different disorders have been examined separately and evaluated by contrasting means. However, a new systematic review and meta-analysis of 36 studies compared social cognition […]

December 14, 2020

Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Autism in Male Offspring

Findings from an Australian Study May Explain Why ASD is More Common in Boys than Girls A new study published in Molecular Autism suggests that maternal vitamin D deficiency could be the reason that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more than four times more common in boys than girls. Researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute […]

December 14, 2020

New 24-Hour COVID Support Line for People with Developmental Disabilities

Free Telehealth Line Delivers Support, Guidance and Referrals Project Connect is a recently launched COVID-19 helpline for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers. The support line was developed through a special partnership between the Arc of California and the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare. Staffed by Stony Brook graduate students who are […]

December 14, 2020

New Federal Restrictions for Service Animals on Planes

Only Dogs Trained to Aid People with Disabilities Will Now Be Considered Service Animals The U.S. Department of Transportation is firming up their new regulations that specify which animals classify as service animals under the Air Carrier Access Act. According to these new rules, emotional support animals will no longer qualify as service animals for […]

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