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Under Bill, Medicaid Would Incentivize Community-Based Options

A bipartisan group of senators is looking to provide financial incentives to states for helping people with disabilities live and work in the community.

New Tool Helps Police Tailor Response To Those With Special Needs

A database that allows families to proactively offer information to police about the special needs of those with developmental disabilities is easing interactions with law enforcement.

Boy Scouts Accused Of Kicking Out Teen With Asperger’s

After seven years participating in the Boy Scouts, the parents of a teenager on the spectrum are suing over the “improper and illegal” revocation of their son’s membership.

Crime Odds Double For Those With Disabilities

People with disabilities remain far more likely to be victims of violent crime, new federal statistics indicate.

Disability-Friendly Transportation Hard To Come By

While progress in improving transportation for people with disabilities has been evident in the past decade, persistent barriers remain, a new national report finds.

Unfit For Trial, Many With Special Needs Stuck Behind Bars

Many people with developmental disabilities are languishing in jail simply because they’ve been deemed unfit to stand trial and treatment facilities are unavailable.

Churches Work To Include People With Disabilities

With greater awareness and education, religious leaders are increasingly looking for ways to welcome people with disabilities and their families.

Zoo Proves Transformative For Teen With Severe Disabilities

A teen once isolated and unable to speak is now a public speaker and mentor in a turnaround that may offer evidence of the power of human-animal interaction.

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.

Photos Shine Light On Need For Medicaid Waivers

To educate both legislators and the public, a photographer is documenting the everyday lives of adults with developmental disabilities to highlight the need for critical support services.

Increasingly, Libraries Becoming More Inclusive

Responding to a growing need, a handful of new programs are teaching libraries how to accommodate kids with disabilities who may not adhere to the expected “behavior code.”

With Caregiver Pay Hike, States Warned About ADA Obligations

As new rules roll out mandating better pay for in-home care workers, federal officials say states must not compromise the rights of people with disabilities in the process.

Designer Focuses On Interiors For Those With Autism

After her son was diagnosed with autism, one interior designer schooled herself on how to create calming spaces for those on the spectrum. Now she’s sharing her expertise with others.

Bath And Body Works Apologizes For Disability Snub

A field trip to the mall went south when teachers say an employee at Bath and Body Works refused to allow their group of students with special needs to enter the store.

Therapy Pig Wins Reprieve

After a nearly yearlong battle, a family will get to keep a 65-pound pig in their home that they say offers support for their children with special needs.

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