Parenting & Caregiving

Feds Clarify Rights Of Parents With Disabilities

The Obama administration is warning state and local officials not to discriminate against people with disabilities who have children or would like to.

Study: Dads’ Involvement Key For Families Affected By ASD

Many women struggle to deal with stress associated with having a child with autism, but new research suggests that fathers can play a big role in boosting moms’ mental health.

Parents Of Grown Children With Disabilities Worry About Future

Even in a state with some of the best disability services, parents and providers are worried about what the future holds for a growing number of adults with developmental disabilities.

Angie’s List Eyed For Vetting Caregivers

The online rating service Angie’s List is better known as a place to find plumbers and painters, but reviews are increasingly popping up for providers who assist people with disabilities.

States Consider Better Pay For In-Home Caregivers

As demand grows, some states are trying to improve wages and benefits for disability caregivers, aiming to attract and retain more skilled and dedicated workers in a high-turnover industry.

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.

Oscar Contender Depicts Parents Coping With Son’s Diagnosis

A short film documenting the intimate thoughts and fears of a couple after learning that their baby was born with a rare disability is up for an Oscar.

Caregiver Wage, Overtime Protections Struck Down

A federal judge has put a stop to a new rule requiring that in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities be paid minimum wage and overtime.

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.

Increasingly, Adults With Down Syndrome Face Alzheimer’s

A growing number of families are struggling to care for aging adults with Down syndrome who also have Alzheimer’s disease and are losing hard-won skills.

In-Home Caregivers Often Lack Training, Oversight

Many in-home caregivers say they feel overwhelmed and unqualified as they struggle to help individuals with serious illnesses and disabilities.

Tracking Device Proposal Gains Momentum

A federal effort to provide free tracking devices to children with autism and other disabilities who are at risk of wandering is getting a boost.

Study: ‘Mindfulness’ May Help Moms Reduce Caregiver Stress

Just six treatment sessions designed to help moms of kids with developmental disabilities manage their stress can go a long way toward reducing depression and anxiety, researchers say.

Supreme Court Rules On Disability Caregivers

In a case that could have broad implications, the U.S. Supreme Court says home care workers — including those caring for their own kids with special needs — can’t be forced to pay union dues.

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