Washington

Wage Protections For Home Care Workers Reinstated

A federal appeals court has upheld a rule requiring that in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities be paid minimum wage and overtime.

Investigations Target Federal Disability Program

A program that distributes billions in federal dollars each year to secure work for people with disabilities is accused of failing at its very mission amid allegations of corruption and fraud.

Obama: ADA ‘Fight Is Not Over’

In marking a quarter century since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act became law, President Barack Obama said much more work is yet to be done.

Feds Aim To Help College Students With Disabilities

Federal officials are looking to add new resources to support students with disabilities pursuing higher education.

First Lady To Attend Special Olympics

First lady Michelle Obama is headed to Los Angeles next month to cheer on athletes with disabilities at the Special Olympics World Games, organizers say.

IRS Proposes Rules For New ABLE Accounts

Six months after a federal law paved the way for tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities, officials are providing details on how they expect the new program to operate.

Under Bill, Medicaid Would Incentivize Community-Based Options

A bipartisan group of senators is looking to provide financial incentives to states for helping people with disabilities live and work in the community.

Advocates Press Congress To Address Wandering

Several disability advocacy groups are banding together to call for federal action to help prevent wandering among those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Disability Advocates Urge FDA To Ban Shock Devices

More than a year after the FDA said it might ban electric-shock devices used to modify behavior in individuals with disabilities, advocates are calling on the agency to take action.

New Disability Liaison On Board At White House

There is a new staffer at the White House tasked with addressing the needs of the disability community.

New Rules Expected For Medicaid Managed Care

As a growing number of states rely on private insurers to cover those with developmental disabilities, regulators are set to initiate the biggest overhaul of Medicaid managed-care in a decade.

Feds Put Brakes On Special Education Cutbacks

With a new rule, federal education officials are telling schools not to skimp on funding for special education.

Dozens Of Self-Advocates Arrested At White House

More than 50 disability rights activists were arrested Monday while protesting outside the White House.

Restraint And Seclusion Mandate Advances In Senate

A plan to rewrite the nation’s primary education law is set to go before the U.S. Senate and it now includes a provision related to restraint and seclusion in schools.

States Offered $15 Million To Spur Disability Employment

Federal officials want existing job training programs to better serve people with disabilities and they’re putting up millions of dollars to make it happen.

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