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Report: School Absences More Frequent For Kids With Disabilities

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NIH Boosts Down Syndrome Research Funding

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Test-Maker Says It’s No Longer Divulging Students’ Disabilities

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Nike Signs Runner With Cerebral Palsy To Pro Contract

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Virtual World Provides Haven For Those With Special Needs

People with disabilities often struggle with social interaction, but researchers say the virtual world of Second Life can offer a safe space to socialize and forge meaningful relationships.

October 16, 2018
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Money

SSI, Social Security Payments Will Grow In 2019

Payments to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries are set to go up a good bit next year.

October 12, 2018

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Politics & Law

Disney Fights To Keep Autism Lawsuits From Going To Trial

Walt Disney Co. is fighting to stop trials for 30 lawsuits in which people with autism contend the company's theme parks didn't accommodate them because they had to wait in line for rides.

October 12, 2018
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Living

Ranking Names Best Cities For People With Special Needs

An analysis of more than 180 cities across the country is zeroing in on the best places to live for people with disabilities.

October 11, 2018

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Living

Caregiver Stressed By Low Wages, But Client Is ‘Family’

For over 15 years, Juanita Bobo has provided the care Amber Radune needs to remain in her home, but low pay and other pressures are leaving even the most dedicated caregivers in a tough spot.

October 10, 2018

Down Syndrome

Early Aging Presents Challenges For Those With Down Syndrome

They helped blaze the trail for community-based housing, but nearly six decades into raising their son with Down syndrome, one couple is facing the challenge of a child who's out-aging them.

October 9, 2018

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Politics & Law

Air Travelers With Disabilities To Get ‘Bill Of Rights’


Living

Institution With Notorious History Shuts Its Doors

Plagued by abuse, violence and death, a facility where state officials had sent people with severe disabilities for years has officially shut down.

October 9, 2018
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Education

Study: Specialized Teacher Training Yields More Success For Kids With ASD

Training public school teachers specifically to work with students who have autism makes a big difference, new research suggests, helping kids on the spectrum excel in mainstream classes.

October 8, 2018

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Money

Businesses Increasingly Hiring People With Disabilities

With employers facing a tight labor market, falling unemployment rates among people with disabilities suggest more hiring managers are opening their eyes to this untapped pool of workers.

October 5, 2018

Living

After Losing Family In Fire, Girl Finds Home With Special Ed Teacher

When Kim Canterbury began working as a substitute special education teacher, she didn't realize she'd end up taking one of her students into her home as one of her own.

October 5, 2018

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Education

Sensory-Friendly Design Enters The Classroom

As more students with special needs enter school systems nationwide, educators are increasingly designing their classrooms to boost behavior and academic performance.

October 4, 2018

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Health & Behavior

Abandoning Restraint And Seclusion Has Unexpected Benefits, Study Finds


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Living

Theater Program Gives Stage To Children With Disabilities

A program pairing performers with special needs alongside peer mentors to stage well-known musicals is now in 16 states with sights on becoming the "Special Olympics for theater."

October 2, 2018

Education

Texas Saved Billions Cutting Special Ed: Now The Bill Comes Due

Following what one advocate called "absolutely the largest-scale violation" of IDEA, Texas is embarking on what may amount to the biggest single expansion of special education services ever.

October 2, 2018
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Health & Behavior

Lawmakers Look To Improve Care For Kids With Complex Conditions

About 500,000 kids — including many with developmental disabilities — are considered to be medically complex. Proposed legislation aims to make it easier to coordinate their care.

October 1, 2018
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