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Quaint, colorful and secluded on 56 acres of semi-wooded prime real estate on Lake Crago in north Lakeland, the residential community for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities is unique for Polk County and a rarity throughout the nation.

Physicians were asked about their ability to recognize autism, their knowledge of the disorder, their comfort level in treating those with the condition and their need for training and resources.

In what may be the first project of its kind in the nation, local developers are building an apartment complex that will house adults with autism alongside typically-developing residents.

Being listed in the "Time 100" of the most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category, is just one of the many awards received by Temple Grandin. Diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Temple overcame many obstacles and earned a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a professor at Colorado State University. Dr, Grandin is recognized as an expert in animal behavior and one of the leading advocates for the rights of autistic persons.

Ian Pham, 22, waters vegetables in the new Legacy Farms Summer Garden with the help of Martha Schonberger, president of Legacy Farms, which aims to train adults with autism in agriculture.

Sweeping proposals would create profit guidelines for private Medicaid plans as well as new standards for the plans’ doctor and hospital networks and rules to coordinate Medicaid insurance more closely with other coverage.

Disability Housing: 'How Sweet It Is' to Have Choices

How many choices do you make in a day? We choose how and with whom we spend our time. We make choices about when to wake up, what to wear, how to decorate our living space, and what to have for dinner. We make big choices and little choices, good choices and less-than-stellar choices. Sometimes we like having choices; it makes us feel empowered, free, and respected. Other times, we wish there were less to make. Like it or not, choices are usually all around us. Yet, when we design social services -- particularly services for individuals with disabilities -- we often try to standardize, streamline, and scale. In doing so, we can unfortunately undermine the choice and freedom of those we seek to serve.

In many states, policy is changing in an effort to improve life options for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). Indeed, new policy raises new questions and issues

An Indianapolis not-for-profit is readying to open a 150-room Courtyard by Marriott in Muncie billed as a first-of-its-kind teaching hotel for people with disabilities.

News, information, and commentary for families and friends of people with developmental disabilities.

The transition to adulthood marks a big turning point in life for everyone, but for young people on the autism spectrum that transition can be really tough. Young adults with autism had lower employment rates and higher rates of complete social isolation than people with other disabilities, according to a report published Tuesday by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.

What’s the biggest predictor of success for individuals with autism in adulthood? Researchers say it might not be what you’d expect.

Opportunities for children, adolescents and young adults to grow socially and emotionally through motivating peer-group outdoor adventure experiences.

Those of us diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, or who support people diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, may have a fight on our hands. Or, maybe not. It depends on the impact of the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The APA plans to release edition 5 of the manual (DSM-V) in May of 2013.

For many intellectually and developmentally disabled people, large campuses or farmsteads may be better options than small group homes. But new state laws could make it hard for big facilities to survive.

Bob Wright is leaving his post as chairman of Autism Speaks after 10 years leading the organization he founded with his wife, Suzanne, after their grandson was diagnosed with the developmental disorder. Both Wrights will remain on the nonprofit’s board as co-founders.

A push to expand online services at the Social Security Administration is meeting resistance from a federal union that represents thousands of agency employees and groups that fear the effort will minimize face-to-face help for seniors and people with disabilities.

With a new rule, federal education officials are telling schools not to skimp on funding for special education.

Stephanie has used her grilled salsa recipe in order to connect with her son, to teach him life skills and to use the cooking time as a form of therapy for him.

More than a third of those with autism don’t work or continue their education in their early twenties, a circumstance shared by fewer than 8 percent of young people with other types of disabilities.

A study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine unveils what could be the reason behind why autism appears to be passed on in the family.

t has long been established that providing early interventions for children with autism can help them reach their full potential. But the fact that autism is a lifelong condition means individuals living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) need not only interventions and assistance while they are at school— effective programs to help them prepare to live in the real world as adults are essential, too.

This is from an article in Disability Scoop, "Disability Spending Drops for the First Time in Years" by Michelle Diament, 7/22/13, based on the 2013 State of the States in Developmental Disabilities, a report from the University of Colorado:

My son has Asperger's syndrome and is sensitive and has a meltdown if I talk or anyone else talks to loudly, because he said he doesn't like loud voices or yelling. He is 22 and can't hold down a job.

Who Will Care for Adults With Autism?
Limited resources and varying needs present a daunting challenge

The sound of hammers and saws coming soon to a vacant Reseda, Calif. lot means that someone like Stephanie Sullivan will have a home where she will be cared for and her needs understood.

Come January, Sullivan, who has Down syndrome, will move into the new home built by New Horizons, a San Fernando Valley nonprofit that helps those with developmental disabilities learn life skills, find employment and receive housing.

The Obama administration is proposing new regulations that would sharply limit people with disabilities from entering employment situations where they earn less than minimum wage.

The Obama administration is proposing new regulations that would sharply limit people with disabilities from entering employment situations where they earn less than minimum wage.

Just when you think the tax law couldn’t get weirder: The Internal Revenue Service has determined that certain payments made to some caregivers in state-run programs are not taxable, even if the caregiver would like them to be.

I had heard about the bear. It had been sighted near two corners of our property, 18 acres of mostly wetlands in Massachusetts. For months I had been anxiously scanning the woods, watching.

I had heard about the bear. It had been sighted near two corners of our property, 18 acres of mostly wetlands in Massachusetts. For months I had been anxiously scanning the woods, watching.

Earlier this year, a study carried out by researchers at the University of Missouri confirmed what many parents have known for years – pets can help those children on the autism spectrum with social skills as well as helping with assertiveness.

As children with autism grow older, many approach adulthood without continued access to the kind of special needs services they routinely received as children, a new report warns.
The "National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood" also reveals that such children may enter adulthood without the advanced planning they need to find jobs or live independently after high school.

The jobless rate among individuals with disabilities climbed to 11.7 percent in March. That’s an increase over the 11.2 percent rate reported for the previous month.

Bundled up in a puffy green coat, Moore, 35 and sandy-haired, doesn’t stand out in the crowd seeking refuge from the winter cold in a drafty Starbucks. His handshake is firm and his blue eyes meet mine as we talk. He comes across as intelligent and thoughtful, if perhaps a bit reserved. His disability — a form of autism — is invisible.