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Schools Warned On Pushing Families Into Due Process

Federal education officials are warning school districts to think twice before forcing parents into potentially long and costly due process proceedings.

Study: MMR Vaccine Doesn’t Increase Autism Risk

A new study of over 95,000 kids finds no link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, even among those at higher risk for the developmental disorder.

ESPN, ABC To Air Special Olympics World Games

For eight days this summer, some of the world’s top athletes with intellectual disabilities will be featured on national television.

States Offered $15 Million To Spur Disability Employment

Federal officials want existing job training programs to better serve people with disabilities and they’re putting up millions of dollars to make it happen.

Masters Winner Shares Spotlight With Sister On The Spectrum

Basking in the glow after becoming the second-youngest player ever to win one of golf’s top prizes, Jordan Spieth was all too happy to talk about his sister with special needs.

Disability Caregiving May Lead To Memory Decline In Moms

The stress of caring for a child with a disability may truly take a toll, with a new study suggesting that mothers of those with special needs see greater declines in memory as they age.

Mom Ticketed After Son With Autism Wanders Off

When a 4-year-old boy with autism wandered away from home, his mother got more than she bargained for when police returned him.

Microsoft Recruiting Employees With Autism

The launch of a new pilot program positions Microsoft as the latest corporate giant looking to tap the employment potential of those on the spectrum.

Unemployment Rises Among Those With Disabilities

Even as the overall job situation continues to improve, an increasing number of Americans with disabilities are unemployed, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Supreme Court Rules Against Disability Providers

Developmental disability service providers cannot sue to force state Medicaid programs to raise their reimbursement rates, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.

Disability No Barrier For New White House Receptionist

Charged with welcoming world leaders and handling the official guest book, the newly-appointed White House receptionist just happens to be deaf.

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.

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