Washington

Lawmakers Look To Rein In Alternative Diplomas

A new proposal in Congress would ensure that parents of students with disabilities are provided more information before their child is taken off track for a regular diploma.

FCC To Put New Focus On Disabilities

The federal agency tasked with regulating telephones, television and other communications technology is looking for advice on how to better serve people with disabilities.

White House Marks Passage Of ABLE Act

More than a month after enacting a law allowing people with disabilities a new way to save money, the White House is celebrating what’s being hailed as landmark legislation.

Pentagon Report Claims Vladimir Putin Has Asperger’s

A newly-public 2008 report from a Pentagon think tank suggests that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have Asperger’s syndrome.

Obama Budget Calls For Boost To Disability Programs

President Barack Obama wants Congress to halt planned cuts under sequestration and increase funding for special education and other programs for people with disabilities.

Measles Outbreak Reignites Autism-Vaccine Debate

Amid a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland, the debate over a now-debunked link between autism and vaccines is surfacing yet again.

Feds To Appeal Ruling On Caregiver Wage Protections

The Obama administration will appeal a court ruling blocking regulations aimed at providing minimum wage and overtime protections for in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities.

Disability Advocates Sharply Critical Of Plan To Ease Testing

As Congress looks to reauthorize the nation’s primary education law, advocates are blasting proposed changes they say would lead to lower expectations for students with disabilities.

Autism Tracking Device Proposal Gets Renewed Push

There is a fresh effort in Congress to secure $10 million in federal funds to provide free tracking devices to individuals with autism and other disabilities who are at risk of wandering.

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.

Self-Advocate Gets State Of The Union Invite

A woman with Down syndrome who was instrumental in lobbying for a law establishing a new way for people with disabilities to save money is now headed to the State of the Union.

Obama Signs ABLE Act

With his signature, the president has paved the way for people with disabilities to open tax-free savings accounts where they can amass more than $2,000 without losing government benefits.

Tax-Free Disability Savings Bill Headed To Obama

The U.S. Senate has voted overwhelmingly to send legislation to the president establishing a new way for people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.

Disability Champion Leaving Congress

After 40 years on Capitol Hill, a U.S. senator who shaped the Americans with Disabilities Act is leaving his post.

Special Ed, Disability Programs Unscathed In Budget Deal

A spending plan making its way through Congress is a win for people with disabilities, advocates say, more for what it doesn’t do than what it does.

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