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Every day, Chris Nikic wakes and vows to be 1% better. Over the past year as he trained for his first Ironman race, he knew he needed to gradually improve. This incremental growth is what he believes helped him become the first person with Down syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon — even after he experienced some cuts from a fall and fire ant bites during a refreshment break.

The drivers going past had seen people holding homemade signs and standing on street corners before. But they'd probably never seen a sign like this.

Finley’s Barkery, like many thoroughly 21st century businesses, started with a social mission: employing adults with special needs. Named after the owners’ dog, Finley’s — which manufactures dog treats — grew through social media, gaining a huge boost when actor-entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher shared one of the company’s posts.

For the first few weeks of the school year, Leslie Esterly struggled to connect with Levi Wilson. With the COVID-19 pandemic far from over, the Reading School District began classes this fall virtually. That meant Esterly, who teaches students with multiple disabilities at Lauer's Park Elementary School, was introduced to the 6-year-old kindergartner online.

Virtual training is effective in teaching parents of children with autism about early behavioral intervention, according to a new study.

Two prominent early intervention models for toddlers with autism show a very similar impact, whether delivered at 15-hours or 25-hours per week intensities, a study has found.

Autistic individuals are more likely to have chronic physical health conditions, particularly heart, lung, and diabetic conditions, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge. The results are published today in the journal Autism.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021.

At the 50th annual convention of the International Association of Ice Cream Distributors and Vendors last November, Hunter Norwood caused a stir as guest of honor. His suit couldn’t have been more perfect for the occasion: a bright turquoise jacket and shorts, with a matching tie, covered in an ice cream print.

As Karla Garcia of San Francisco watched her third child grow, she had a feeling something was different. At 4 months old, Brianna still couldn’t keep her head steady or lift it up when she was on her stomach, a milestone babies typically reach by 2 months old. She also didn’t hold her mother’s gaze or look intently at other familiar faces. That’s something babies normally do within their first month of life.