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PHOTO: Waterloo is one of three cities in the state being lauded for making development decisions with all modes of transit in mind, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Photo credit: David Wilson

WATERLOO, Iowa – It's a tale of two travels in Iowa, as some communities have made the list of cities dealing with the most sprawl, while others are being honored for their work on transportation that includes options for pedestrians and bicyclists. Those being recognized include Cedar Falls ...Read More

PHOTO: There are 1 million individuals with disabilities in Tennessee, and one of their biggest struggles is finding housing that is both affordable and accessible. Photo credit: David Antis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Finding affordable housing is a struggle for many across Tennessee, but for people with disabilities the barriers are even higher, and a forum Friday looks to make some inroads on the issue. According to Emily Hoskins, independent living specialist at the Center for Independent ...Read More

IMAGE: Those working to raise awareness of autism in Indiana say itís time to focus on the services and supports needed for young people affected by autism as they become adults. Image courtesy Autism Society of Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS - As many in Indiana show their support on World Autism Awareness Day, some say more needs to be done to improve the lives of people who are affected by autism. Dana Renay, chief executive ally for the Autism Society of Indiana, said the state has done a good job providing early-interv ...Read More

PHOTO: A study spearheaded in Illinois finds many characteristics of an autism spectrum disorder can be identified in children by age two. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research out of Illinois suggests that autism can be identified earlier than previously thought, in children as young as age two years. A study headed by Dr. Laurie Jeans as a University of Illinois graduate student found a number of behavioral and developmental deficits pres ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The Autism Society of Ohio says the increase in autism prevalence rates underscores the need for increased awareness of the disorder and the supports needed to help those impacted. Credit: ASO.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Autism Awareness Month begins Tuesday, and leaders with the Autism Society of Ohio say autism's continued increase in prominence validates what they are seeing and hearing from families, schools and counties across the state. Board of directors chair Andie Ryley said it is time to t ...Read More

PHOTO: Adam Reynolds works at the Science Center of Iowa and spends time volunteering and giving back to the community. Photo credit: John Michaelson.

DES MOINES, Iowa – They are friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, and Iowans with developmental disabilities are being recognized for making a difference in communities across the state. Rik Shannon, policy manager of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says all of the efforts ...Read More

NEW YORK - It is happening all too often and driving some New Yorkers into bankruptcy, according to consumer advocates. The problem is "surprise" medical bills, and state lawmakers are being urged to act now. Chuck Bell, programs director, Consumers Union, said far too many New Yorkers end up with ...Read More

PHOTO: Research has detailed evidence of the cumulative effects of concussions on amateur athletes. Photo credit: University of the Fraser Valley.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As students across the state gear up for the coming spring sports season, a new law aims to reduce youth sports concussions as well as increase awareness of traumatic brain injury. The Tennessee Sports Concussion Law took effect as of this year and has several key componen ...Read More

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