As parents and educators who know, love, teach and believe in the nearly 1 million Texas kids who have learning, physical, intellectual, sensory, behavioral or mental health disabilities, we will not stand by as these children are blamed for the failure of Texas elected officials to properly fund our schools, as their rights are whittled Read more
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Scientists are starting to compare the social deficits autism and schizophrenia share, using a variety of methods, from eye tracking and behavioral assessments to electroencephalography (EEG). Some teams hope to expose the conditions’ common neurological roots, whereas others are drilling down into the differences.
Keith Conners, whose work with hyperactive children established the first standards for diagnosing and treating what is now known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D. — and who late in life expressed misgivings about how loosely applied that label had become — died on July 5 in Durham, N.C. He was 84.
For women battling depression, the decision over whether or not to continue their antidepressant during a pregnancy can be a difficult one. A new study finds little risk of intellectual disability in children whose mothers take these pills while pregnant.
In a case in which Texas set an execution date without notifying the death row inmate’s counsel, the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday granted his request for review of whether he is mentally competent to be executed.
Studies have found elevated rates of autism among young people with childhood-onset schizophrenia, in which the features of schizophrenia appear before age 13 rather than in late adolescence. Research may help to explain how social cognition breaks down in each condition — which could lead to more nuanced clinical profiles and better treatments for both.
The demand for educational programs for adults with cognitive disabilities has grown so much in North Texas that My Possibilities is building a new and larger campus in Plano. Other programs farther south in Dallas are also experiencing the demand.
The general features of autism are nearly identical to those of another heritable condition: schizophrenia. The pattern is so distinctive and so precisely matched that coincidence is unlikely. Also, the two conditions share genetic risk factors.
Mental health care for the intellectually disabled in new Zealand is so underfunded it has reached ”crisis point,” with one patient living in a secure unit for more than a decade, according to a damning letter to the country’s Ministry of Health.
“Whether it’s children in foster care, individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities living in long-term care facilities, or our parents and grandparents residing in nursing homes, our state needs to do a much better job of protecting those who cannot protect themselves,” he said.
Rachel Gandy, a mental health policy fellow with the advocacy group, Disability Rights Texas says some other states that have implemented “private school choice” have started by providing public vouchers for special needs students to use for private school tuition.
Many school districts, already squeezed by shrinking state education budgets, say that to fill the hole they anticipate would be left by the Republican push to restructure Medicaid, they would either have to cut those services or downsize general education programs that serve all students.
In drawing its qualified conclusions, the panel cited research released last summer suggesting that a program of highly targeted brain-training reduced the risk of cognitive decline or dementia by nearly half over 10 years.
“I would like to [understand] how structural violence creates or perpetuates the state of psycho-social disabilities, of mental disabilities. How does structural violence create or add to the dysfunction that one experiences in their life?”
Children with autism are more likely than their neurotypical peers to have any of a host of medical conditions in their early years, according to a new study.
One in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem every year, whilst over 1.5 million people in the UK live with a learning disability. So what does this have to do with human rights and the General Election?
Disability is a disadvantage in society, and by not talking about it, it becomes even more so.
“The entirety of the disability community, people with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, psychological disabilities, veterans, seniors, are are all coming to the table to condemn and push back against these utterly wrongheaded proposals.” Read more.
By 2013, one in five autistic youth were visiting the emergency department for a behavioral health concern, the researchers found.
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The Texas Education Agency’s decision to set an 8.5 percent target for special education enrollment has led schools to cut services for children with all types of disabilities, but mentally ill students have been disproportionately affected.
A parent-led intervention is the first to have lasting benefits for children with severe autism. That’s the message from a study following up on a trial to see whether expert feedback could improve social communication in young children with autism.