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Justice Department Developing Disability Training For Police

Plans are in the works at the U.S. Department of Justice to roll out law enforcement training focused on people with disabilities.

Self-Advocates Train To Have Safe Encounters With Police

Beyond training police officers, there is a new effort underway to prepare people with developmental disabilities for potential encounters with law enforcement.

Senator Calls For Expansion Of Community-Based Services

A new proposal in the U.S. Senate would eliminate a government bias toward placing people with disabilities in institutional rather than community-based settings.

Worshippers With Disabilities Search For Acceptance

It often can be difficult for people with special needs to find churches, synagogues, temples and mosques that are open and accepting, but advocates say that’s starting to change.

Parents Sue Wal-Mart Over Arrest Of Daughter With Special Needs

A routine trip to Wal-Mart ended with a 25-year-old with special needs in handcuffs after store officials falsely accused her of stealing hair ties. Now, the woman’s family is suing.

Brothers Complete 40-Mile Journey For Cerebral Palsy

A teen trekked 40 miles over the weekend, braving the heat and rain, all while carrying his brother who has cerebral palsy in an effort to raise awareness of the condition.

In Emergencies, People With Disabilities Often An Afterthought

Serious barriers continue to jeopardize the well-being of people with disabilities in the wake of disasters and in other emergency situations, a new federal report finds.

Medicaid Funds Increasingly Going To Community-Based Services

Spending on home and community-based services is on the rise as fewer dollars go to institutions, a new federal government report finds.

Increasingly, 911 Available By Text

For those who are nonverbal, deaf or otherwise have difficulty communicating via traditional telephone calls, a new option to seek emergency help is on the way.

Senator Looks To Strengthen Disability Services

A key U.S. senator is looking to introduce legislation to dramatically expand access to community-based services for people with disabilities nationwide.

Proposal Would Allow Service Animals In National Parks

Service dogs, and in some cases miniature horses, may be welcome in national parks, even when other animals are not.

Ranking Names Best States For Disability Services

An annual ranking of states offering the best services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities reveals a familiar but evolving landscape.

Judge Orders Man To Hold ‘I Am A Bully’ Sign

An Ohio man accused of harassing his neighbor and her children with developmental disabilities stood at a busy street corner this weekend with a sign proclaiming “I am a bully.”

Crisis Training Pays Big Dividends, Study Finds

Training police to respond to situations involving people with developmental disabilities and other behavioral disorders leads to fewer arrests and more treatment referrals.

Family Pets Taking On Service Animal Duties

With wait times for service dogs as long as three to five years, some people with disabilities are taking matters into their own hands.

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