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Biden Plan Would End Subminimum Wage, Offer Stimulus Checks To More With Disabilities

Autism

Lawsuit: Teen With Autism Died After Police Sat On Him For More Than 9 Minutes

Living

New Law Aims To Expand Access To Respite Care

Autism

Autism Families Report Major Impacts From Pandemic

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Education

School District’s Special Ed Services During COVID-19 Under Investigation

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating concerns that students with disabilities went without specialized instruction — and some teachers weren't allowed to provide it.

January 15, 2021

Health & Behavior

Therapists Who Help Tots With Developmental Delays See Big Drop In Referrals

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of children referred to early intervention has plummeted leaving therapists worried that the kids being missed could face long-term consequences.

January 13, 2021

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Autism

Cats May Improve Social Skills In Kids With Autism

Adopting a cat can make a big difference for kids with autism, new research suggests.

January 12, 2021

Health & Behavior

Trump Administration Approves First Medicaid Block Grant

The plan, long opposed by disability advocates, would give one state broad authority in running the health insurance program in exchange for capping its annual federal funding.

January 12, 2021

Education

Virtual Learning Comes With Added Curve For Special Ed Students

The pandemic school year that has frustrated so many is proving almost impossible for special education students, but even still, there are success stories.

January 12, 2021
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Living

Program Helping People Leave Institutions Renewed After Years In Limbo

Following years of uncertainty, federal lawmakers are giving new life to a popular Medicaid program that moves people with disabilities from institutions into the community.

January 11, 2021

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Autism

Newborn Screening May Contain Autism Clues


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Living

Airlines Crack Down On Service Animals

Multiple airlines are putting new rules in place surrounding service animals on planes following years of complaints.

January 8, 2021
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Down Syndrome

CDC Adds Down Syndrome To COVID-19 ‘Increased Risk’ List

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is acknowledging for the first time that COVID-19 poses an especially high risk for people with Down syndrome.

January 7, 2021

Politics & Law

Feds Say Institution Experimented On Residents With Intellectual Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Justice says a state-run institution violated residents' 14th Amendment rights by providing inadequate care and experimenting on them without their knowledge or consent.

January 6, 2021
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Politics & Law

Advocates: COVID-19 Relief Leaves Out People With Disabilities

With a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, Congress yet again denied stimulus payments to some people with disabilities and failed to offer funding for home- and community-based services.

January 5, 2021

Education

Thousands Of Families In Special Education Limbo

When the pandemic hit, some school districts paused special education evaluations. Now thousands of students may be going without critical services.

January 5, 2021

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Money

Amazon Billionaire Gives ‘Transformational’ Gifts To Disability Nonprofits


Autism

Teacher Dumped Student With Autism In Trash Can, Lawsuit Says

One special education teacher had a favorite technique for disciplining her students: She would drop the first- and second-graders into a trash can, then forcibly keep them there.

January 4, 2021

Autism

Kids With Autism See IQs Rise With Age, Study Finds

IQ is generally expected to remain stable over time, but new research suggests that the measure increases significantly for those with autism during adolescence and early adulthood.

December 18, 2020

Education

Navy Hires Special Education Attorneys As Part Of Pilot Program For Families

Frequent moves mean military families are often at a disadvantage for special education because they are regularly entering new school districts. A new program aims to level the playing field.

December 18, 2020
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