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SCOTUS Decision Gives Leverage to Families of Students With Special Needs

This article is part 11 of 15 in the column Kid's Capital Watch

Families of students with special needs won an important legal battle when the Supreme Court sided with the parents of an autistic boy who argued that their school district had failed to provide their son a “free and appropriate education.”

The family sued the Douglas County School District for private school tuition after their son, known as “Drew,” made better progress in a private school than he had in a district public school. His parents said Drew hadn’t been learning adequately because the public school’s individualized education program (IEP) was not ambitious enough. Read more

Autism Risk Linked to Women With Herpes During Pregnancy

This article is part 9 of 15 in the column Kid's Capital Watch

A new study published in MSphere, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, found that women who suffered from an active genital herpes infection during pregnancy were twice as likely as those without the STD to give birth to a child who would become autistic.

The findings are preliminary, but the discovery may mean researchers have cracked open the door so that one day physicians will be able to treat, or even stop, some cases of autism before they manifest—while the child is still in the womb. Read more

House OKs Bill to Put Tracking Devices on Autistic Children

This article is part 5 of 15 in the column Kid's Capital Watch

It’s taken months, but a bill aimed at helping adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s who face risk of injury due to unaccompanied wandering – which was expanded to include children with autism — finally passed the House and now sits in the Senate for consideration.

H.R. 4919, the “Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program Reauthorization Act of 2016,” also known as “Kevin and Avonte’s Law,” was introduced in the House in April as a grant program “to reduce injury and death of missing Americans with dementia and developmental disabilities,” the text stated. Section Two of the measure provides for education and outreach in conjunction with the activities of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, “including cases involving children with development disabilities such as autism,” the text continues. Read more

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