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Funding For Down Syndrome Research Shrinks

New data shows that federal funding for Down syndrome research dropped last year, despite already lagging behind other conditions, and that’s leaving advocates none too pleased.

Senators Unveil Plan To Boost Down Syndrome Research

Efforts to expand Down syndrome research may be gaining traction after a pair of U.S. senators introduced legislation to increase funding and establish centers to study the disorder.

Down Syndrome Research Hub Takes Flight

Families, researchers and advocacy organizations are joining forces with the National Institutes of Health on a new consortium to further Down syndrome research.

Lawmakers Call For Increased Down Syndrome Research

A set of new bills introduced in Congress would establish first-ever centers for studying Down syndrome and boost research of the chromosomal disorder.

State Proposes $10K Stipends For Families On Waiting List

New Jersey may offer upwards of $10,000 annually to families caring for adults with disabilities who are on the state’s waiting list for community services.

Social Security To Phase Out Paper Checks

Social Security will stop issuing paper checks in 2013 at which point all payments will be made electronically, the Treasury Department said Monday.

Review Of Low Wages For People With Disabilities Prompts Concern

As a senator weighs congressional hearings on a law allowing workers with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage, employers worry a change could force downsizing.

Layoffs Force Special Needs Families To Cut Back

Job losses are leaving many middle class parents unable to help their adult children as they would have years ago. But when those adults have disabilities, it’s not so easy to scale back.

Jobless Rate For People With Disabilities Sees Little Change

The employment picture remained largely steady for people with disabilities in March even as the economy as a whole posted big job gains bolstered by temporary work.

Feds Ill-Equipped To Hire People With Disabilities, Survey Finds

Most federal workers say their agencies are committed to hiring people with disabilities, yet many managers report being woefully unprepared to do so, a new survey finds.

Families Pinched By Cost Of Special Needs Care

How much a family spends can vary greatly depending on the state where they live.

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