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Suit Alleges ADA Violations At DMV

Just because she has a disability, Pam Dickens must prove every year that she’s a safe driver in order to keep her license. Now, Dickens and others are suing to get the requirement dropped.

Increasingly, Parents Push For Inclusive Playgrounds

With local governments tight on funds, families are stepping up to ensure that community playgrounds offer a fun space for all children no matter their abilities.

Runner With Autism Vies For Magazine Cover

With thousands of votes in his favor, a 24-year-old who is nonverbal and has autism could land on the cover of a national magazine.

In First, State Adopts Updated ‘Handicapped’ Symbol

A revamped version of the blue and white icon that’s long symbolized accessibility everywhere from parking lots to restrooms will soon be commonplace in more communities.

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.

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