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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.

States Cracking Down On Accessible Parking Abuse

Stiffer penalties and stepped up enforcement are among the measures states are taking to help ensure that accessible parking spaces are available for those who truly need them.

Schools Must Offer Communication Supports, Feds Say

The Obama administration is reminding schools of their wide-ranging responsibilities to students with disabilities who struggle with speech and other communication difficulties.

Justice Department Monitoring Disability Access At Polls

Federal officials are fanning out across the country on Election Day to ensure that voters — including those with disabilities — don’t encounter barriers to casting their ballots.

Wheelchair Ad Sparks Controversy In Divisive Governor’s Race

How and when it’s appropriate to reference a candidate’s disability are at issue in a closely-watched governor’s race in one of the nation’s largest states.

Feds Delay Enforcement Of New Caregiver Pay Rule

The Obama administration says it will delay enforcement of a new rule granting federal minimum wage and overtime protections to in-home care workers who assist people with disabilities.

Former Students Offered Make-Up Special Education Services

A federal judge is ordering one state to offer services to some 1,800 former special education students who were forced out of public schools two years early.

Rule On Overtime Pay For Caregivers Prompts Pushback

Officials in one state say that new federal rules requiring overtime pay for caregivers could mean diminished services for people with disabilities and increased institutionalization.

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.

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.

Disney Wants Disability Access Suit Thrown Out

Disney is fighting allegations that changes to its policy for accommodating people with disabilities at its theme parks are in violation of the ADA.

Voters With Special Needs Allegedly Disenfranchised

Thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are being illegally denied the right to vote, advocates say.

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.

Most States Deficient In Special Education

Federal education officials are dramatically altering the way they evaluate compliance with special education law and the change means far fewer states are living up to expectations.

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