Politics

Down Syndrome Laws Stir Debate

A growing number of states are requiring that a Down syndrome diagnosis be accompanied by accurate information about the disorder, but not everyone is pleased by the new mandates.

Advocates Cracking Down On Sheltered Workshops

A nationwide effort is underway to lodge federal complaints against sheltered workshops that are not fully complying with the law.

Nation’s 911 System Inching Towards Greater Accessibility

A new federal rule is paving the way for 911 services to become more accessible for people with disabilities.

Obama Signs Autism Act Renewal

With little fanfare, President Barack Obama signed a reauthorization of the nation’s primary autism legislation that includes more than a billion dollars in federal funding.

Autism Act Wins Senate Approval

Just before leaving Washington for a month-long break, the U.S. Senate acted to renew the nation’s primary autism legislation, sending the measure to the president’s desk.

Obamas To Host People With Disabilities

The president and first lady will welcome a group of people with disabilities to the White House this week for a special dinner focusing on efforts to promote acceptance.

Movie Theaters May Soon Be More Accessible

The Obama administration wants movie theaters nationwide to do more to accommodate people with 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.

Congress Weighing Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts

A long-stagnant bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits is starting to make its way through Congress.

Obama Signs Law Limiting Sheltered Workshop Eligibility

The transition from school to work for students with disabilities will undergo sweeping changes under a bill President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday.

UN Disability Treaty Clears Senate Committee

Two years after rejecting an international disability rights treaty, the U.S. Senate is poised to reconsider the matter.

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.

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