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Teachers Fight Special Needs Accommodation

A teachers group is fighting a plan to allow a student with a disability to use a faculty restroom, all because they say the accommodation violates their right to exclusive facilities.

Despite Setback, Feds Push Forward On Caregiver Pay Protections

The Obama administration is pressing states to be ready to provide minimum wage and overtime pay to in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities.

SSI Flagged For Billions In Improper Spending

A federal program designed to aid people with disabilities doled out billions of dollars in improper payments last year alone, government investigators say.

Autism Largely Rooted In Genetics, Study Finds

Genes may be more responsible for autism than previously thought, researchers say, with the developmental disorder traced to heritability in the vast majority of cases.

Disability Advocate Wins Acclaimed International Prize

An award that’s previously gone to the likes of the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa will this year honor a man who’s focused on making life better for people with developmental disabilities.

Study Finds Merit In Autism Blood Test

A blood test may be able to accurately identify children with autism as young as 12 months, new research suggests.

More With Disabilities On The Job

As the job market continues to improve, the number of people with disabilities who are employed is also edging up.

Thousands With Disabilities To Get Rental Assistance

Millions of dollars are heading to over two dozen states to help people with disabilities access community-based housing and support services.

Doctors Often Skip Protocols For Antipsychotics, Study Finds

As an increasing number of kids are prescribed powerful antipsychotics, a new study finds that many doctors are deviating from established medical guidelines when they dole out the scripts.

People With Down Syndrome May Actually Age Faster

The inner workings of people with Down syndrome age much faster than typically-developing individuals, a new study suggests.

Training Aims To Tackle Autism Knowledge Gap Among Doctors

A new effort is in the works to help train doctors and other health care providers to better serve individuals on the spectrum.

Sports Illustrated Honors Teen On The Spectrum

A runner with autism is Sports Illustrated’s High School Athlete of the Month.

Oscar Contender Depicts Parents Coping With Son’s Diagnosis

A short film documenting the intimate thoughts and fears of a couple after learning that their baby was born with a rare disability is up for an Oscar.

Genes May Play Bigger Role In Cerebral Palsy

Once thought to be chiefly related to lack of oxygen at birth, new research suggests that a sizable number of cerebral palsy cases are in fact rooted in genetics.

In First, Model With Down Syndrome Walks Fashion Week Runway

Among the models strutting the runway at New York Fashion Week will be a woman with Down syndrome.

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