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IEP Meetings Warrant Time Off From Work, Labor Department Says

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FDA Warns Of Life-Threatening Side Effects From Supposed Autism Treatment

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For Those Diagnosed As Adults, ASD Poses Unique Challenges

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A Boy With Special Needs Started A House Fire. It May Cost His Parents $200K.

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Why An Autism Group Is Breaking Up With ‘Sesame Street’

PSAs featuring Julia from "Sesame Street" that encourage early autism screening seem innocent enough, but a self-advocacy group says the ads lead unsuspecting parents to harmful information.

August 13, 2019
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Down Syndrome

Can An Actor With Down Syndrome Change Hollywood?

Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome, is the improbable star — alongside Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson — of a feature film opening in theaters across the country.

August 13, 2019

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Feds Detail Limits On Flying With Service Animals

Following numerous high-profile incidents, federal regulators are clarifying the rules for animals assisting people with disabilities on airplanes.

August 13, 2019
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Intellectual Disability

Psychiatrists Considering Change To Intellectual Disability Criteria

A proposed revision to the diagnostic criteria for intellectual disability is prompting concerns about underdiagnosis and a loss of services and legal protections for people with the condition.

August 12, 2019

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Autism

Study Calls For End To ‘High Functioning Autism’ Label

A term often used in both clinical and social settings to denote the capabilities of individuals on the autism spectrum should be consigned to the history books, researchers say.

August 2, 2019
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Living

Grocery Chain Rolls Out Adaptive Shopping Carts

Thanks to one mom, a supermarket chain is the first to provide carts in all of its stores designed for children with special needs who are too big to sit in regular carts.

August 2, 2019

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Living

Regal Offers Tickets, No Apology For Turning Away Kids With Special Needs


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Living

App Designed To Boost Independence For Bus Riders With Disabilities

A city bus service is testing an app that allows caregivers to add photos of drop-off locations, reminders when a destination is near and walking routes to and from stops, among other tools.

July 31, 2019
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Autism

Justice Department Faces Scrutiny Over Autism Wandering Program

The U.S. Department of Justice is on the hot seat amid attempts to allocate funding intended to address the needs of kids with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander.

July 30, 2019

Living

Theater Turns Away Moviegoers With Special Needs

When a group of kids with special needs was turned away from a Regal movie theater, they were told it was because the movie was oversold but later learned they were too much of a "liability."

July 30, 2019

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Disability Rights Advocate Launches Campaign For Congress

The former president and CEO of the National Down Syndrome Society is hoping to win a U.S. House seat from Kansas.

July 30, 2019

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Politics & Law

Push To Expand Access To Community Living Hits Roadblock

Despite strong bipartisan support, federal legislation that would entitle people with disabilities access to community-based services and outlaw waiting lists appears to be stalled.

July 29, 2019

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Education

Volunteers To Help Parents At IEP Meetings


Money

Cafe Employs, Gives Back To People With Disabilities

Inspired by her 8-year-old who has autism and Down syndrome, a mom recently opened a coffee shop dedicated to accepting everyone, including those with special needs.

July 26, 2019
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Autism

House Passes Autism Act

Federal legislation allocating over $1.8 billion in government spending on autism efforts is one step closer to being approved.

July 25, 2019
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Living

Apple, Google Adding Disability Emoji

A slew of new icons representing everything from wheelchairs to service animals are coming to smartphones soon.

July 24, 2019
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