Increase in Developmental Disabilities Among Children in the United States

Pediatrics has published a new study that describes how often developmental disabilities were diagnosed among children in the United States, and trends over time. In this study, scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) found that 17% of children aged 3–17 years had a developmental disability, and importantly, that this percentage increased over the two time periods compared, 2009–2011 and 2015–2017; increases were also […]

Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities

To address health disparities experienced by people with disabilities, the CDC’s Disability and Health Branch and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)External developed a collaborative project to promote disability inclusion strategies to make healthier choices the easier choices for all people where they may live, learn, work, and play. The Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities Project bridges state disability and health efforts and community engagement by addressing physical inactivity, poor nutrition and […]

Trump Administration to Automatically Forgive Federal Student Loan Debt for Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans

Presidential Memorandum builds on Secretary DeVos’ efforts to provide relief for eligible borrowers President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum that will significantly streamline the process to erase federal student loan debt for totally and permanently disabled veterans. Through a process called Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge, veterans will now have their student loan debt discharged unless they decide to opt-out of the process.  The Department anticipates notifying more than 25,000 eligible veterans […]

NYU Dentistry Opens Oral Health Center for People With Disabilities

Individuals with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities now have a dedicated treatment center in New York City for oral health care—NYU College of Dentistry’s (NYU Dentistry) Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities. The 8,000-square-foot center, located in NYU Dentistry’s Weissman Building, provides much-needed comprehensive care for patients whose disabilities or medical conditions prevent them from receiving care in a conventional dental setting. “The NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities addresses a […]

Sen. Harris apologizes and says she didn’t hear questioner call Trump policies ‘mentally retarded’

Sen. Kamala Harris‘s (D-Calif.) apologized Saturday after a questioner in New Hampshire described President Trump’s actions as “mentally retarded” when she laughed and responded with “well said.” In a clip of the Friday event, the questioner, wondering why congressional Democrats have declined to move forward on impeachment proceedings, asked Harris what she was “going to do in the next one year to diminish the mentally retarded actions” by Trump. Sen. Kamala Harris‘s (D-Calif.) apologized Saturday after a questioner in New Hampshire […]

The Nike Air Zoom UNVRS Debuts New FlyEase Technology

Elena Delle Donne — Olympic gold medalist, forward for the Washington Mystics and 2015 WNBA MVP — will debut the new Nike Air Zoom UNVRS. The basketball shoe introduces a new FlyEase system for easy entry and exit, and is the first Nike shoe built with this feature from the ground up. Nike FlyEase footwear starts with a clear design philosophy: take insights and inspiration from athletes with disabilities to create smarter and better-designed footwear that works for athletes of all abilities. To be […]

Traveler with autism allegedly refused to be accommodated by the airline crew.

By Janelle Griffith A man says crew members on a SkyWest Airlines flight refused to allow his brother with autism to sit near a family member Friday and walked off the plane, forcing all 75 passengers to deplane and board another flight three hours later. Now, the crew, including the pilots, have been grounded while the airline investigates the incident. Ayomide Isola, 23, was on SkyWest flight 3596 from Detroit to Houston with his mother, […]

Later-born siblings of children with autism or ADHD are at elevated risk for both disorders

(SACRAMENTO) — Later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at elevated risk for both disorders, a new study led by Meghan Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has concluded. The findings appear today in JAMA Pediatrics. The study suggests that families who already have a child diagnosed with ASD or ADHD may wish to monitor younger […]

Teen cancer patient gives back to kids with autism

Make-A-Wish unveiling at UC Davis MIND Institute (SACRAMENTO) —Carlo Sandoval will receive red carpet treatment Friday, for a special Make-A-Wish ceremony and reception at the UC Davis MIND Institute. The 16-year-old Sacramento native passed on gifts for himself. Instead, he’s providing something meaningful to kids with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. “I burst into tears because I was so proud,” said Carlo’s mom, Rhonda Sandoval, of his selfless decision. Make-A-Wish Northeastern & Central California and […]

Managing Multiple Sclerosis

Treatment Can Delay Future Attacks Most of the time, multiple sclerosis, or MS, starts mildly, with unpredictable symptoms that can seem baffling. Without treatment, the disease can worsen to the point that you can’t write, speak, or walk. MS starts when the body’s immune system slowly attacks the fatty coating around nerves. Without an intact coating, communication between nerves and the brain becomes impaired. However, it may be years before the first symptoms appear. The symptoms […]