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Parents Say 10-Year-Old Son with Autism was Handcuffed, Put in Patrol Car

Parents of a 10-year-old boy who has autism say the child was handcuffed, put in the back of a patrol car and transported to a mental health facility after he ran from school administrators. According to a federal lawsuit filed…
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Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Webinar for Criminal Defense Lawyers

For criminal defense lawyers of all types, clients with mental disabilities are a part of their practice. This includes the white collar criminal defense lawyer who represents an executive charged with tax evasion who functions despite a variety…
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Inherited Variations in Noncoding Sections of DNA Associated with Autism - National Institute of Mental Health

A new study has identified an association between paternally-inherited rare structural variants in noncoding segments of genes and the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study, funded in part by the National Institute of Mental…
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Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities - Vera Institute of Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice has launched its new project, Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities. Serving Safely is a national initiative designed to improve…
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Autism Rates in Children May Be Higher Than Previously Believed, New CDC Study Finds

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the prevalence of autism is 1.7 percent, up from 1.5 percent from two years earlier. Read more.
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How a Teacher’s ‘Junk Science’ Landed a Dad in Jail on Charge of Raping his Autistic Son - The Miami Herald

In this piece, The Miami Herald chronicles that wrongful arrest of Jose Cordero in Miami. Accusations of sexual abuse arose from "hand over hand" communication, which is considered junk science by many. Read more.
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Fetal Alcohol Disorder May Be Far More Common Than Previously Thought - Cleveland Clinic

A new study has found that the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may be higher than previously thought. Abstract Importance Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are costly, life-long disabilities. Older data suggested…
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Increased Stress on Fathers Leads to Brain Development Changes in Offspring - Science News

New research in mice has found that a father's stress affects the brain development of his offspring. This stress changes the father's sperm, which can then alter the brain development of the child. This new research provides a much better understanding…
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July 24-25 Training Seminar: Nitty Gritty Mitigation Sentencing Strategies

    There will be a two-day capital/JLWOP seminar on July 24th and July 25 at the Orange County Regional History Center, 65 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801, for the low cost of $75.00! The seminar is for lawyers…