Dollars & Cents

DynaVox Affiliates File For Bankruptcy

Three affiliates of DynaVox filed for bankruptcy this week, but the entity responsible for the assistive technology products long used by people with disabilities says it is unaffected.

Chili’s Cancels Autism Fundraiser Amid Backlash

Chili’s Grill & Bar has canceled a fundraiser for a national autism organization after facing criticism related to the group’s views on vaccines.

Mercedes Owner Busted For SSI, Medicaid Fraud

An unemployed man who owned a Mercedes and reportedly wore lots of jewelry is headed to jail for defrauding Medicaid and SSI out of more than $200,000.

Congress Eyeing Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts

With significant public backing and support in Congress, advocates say federal lawmakers are poised to consider a major change to the money-saving abilities of those with disabilities.

Kids’ Autism Care Runs $11.5 Billion Annually, Study Finds

Substantial costs come along with an autism diagnosis, researchers say in a new study that attempts to put a price tag on the care needed by children with the developmental disorder.

Obama Administration Weighing Subminimum Wage Options

The Obama administration may be rethinking its decision to exclude many workers with disabilities from a plan requiring federal contractors to be paid at least $10.10 per hour.

Feds Clarify How To Apply For Autism Tracking Devices

A week after announcing that the federal government will pay for tracking devices for kids with autism, officials are offering more details about how families can access the technology.

Workers With Disabilities Left Out Of Obama Wage Plan

Advocates are crying foul after learning that many individuals with disabilities will likely be left out of President Barack Obama’s plan to hike the minimum wage for federal contractors.

Disability Caregivers Get Pay, Overtime Protections

For the first time, in-home care workers who assist people with disabilities will soon be entitled to federal minimum wage and overtime protections.

Google Gets Behind Autism Blood Test

A company working to develop a blood test to identify children with autism is getting some major backing from Google Ventures.

Disability Spending Drops For First Time In Years

For the first time in decades, a new report finds that total government spending on individuals with developmental disabilities has declined.

Pair Of Disability Groups Named To Worst Charities List

A nonprofit that claims to help send kids with special needs to camp is one of two groups purporting to aid those with disabilities making a list of the nation’s 50 worst charities.

Study Points To Disability Housing Crisis

Housing is out of reach for many with disabilities, with a new report finding that rent for a small apartment often exceeds the total government benefits offered to such individuals.

Debate Persists Over Pay For Disability Caregivers

Federal officials are weighing whether to approve new rules offering minimum wage and overtime protections for the first time to in-home care workers who assist people with disabilities.

Disability Cuts Could Be Here To Stay

As sweeping federal budget cuts set in, the impact is starting to become clear for those benefiting from special education and other disability programs.

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