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Schools Have Struggled To Fulfill IEPs Amid Pandemic, Government Report Finds

Health & Behavior

It May Be The Most Important Test Of A Child’s Life. Most Aren’t Getting It

Living

Upcoming Movie ‘Music’ Under Fire For Autism Portrayal

Living

New Housing Concepts Emerge For Adults With Developmental Disabilities

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Autism

Autism Resulted In His Rights Being Stripped Away. He Just Won Them Back

After years under guardianship, a man with autism is now able to vote, buy a house or travel when he wants and advocates hope more people with disabilities follow in his footsteps.

November 20, 2020

Education

Couple Start Outdoor Classroom For Kids With Special Needs

With their daughter falling behind amid ongoing remote learning, one family bought a tent and set up a pop-up classroom for her and other students with disabilities in their backyard.

November 19, 2020

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Politics & Law

Disability-Related Hate Crimes Down, FBI Says

As hate crimes rose across the U.S. to a level that hasn't been seen in over a decade, fewer of them targeted people with disabilities.

November 18, 2020

Politics & Law

Feds Work To Ensure Rights Of Parents With Disabilities

Federal officials are pushing for changes after the parental rights of a young mother with intellectual disability were terminated.

November 17, 2020

Education

Families Say Mask Policy Discriminates Against Students In Special Ed

Students in one school district are not allowed on campus without a mask to prevent COVID-19 transmission, even if they have a disability or medical condition that prevents mask wearing.

November 17, 2020
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Autism

Woman With Autism Brings Unusual Message To The Streets

When the stress of 2020 finally became too much, a thirty-something with autism painted some signs, left her cozy apartment and began standing on street corners, offering messages of love.

November 17, 2020

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Health & Behavior

Mounting Evidence Points To Serious COVID-19 Risk For Those With IDD


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Autism

Even In Adulthood, Autism Challenges Linger For Caregivers

Aging caregivers of adults with autism are struggling and new research finds that some factors make the burden especially great.

November 13, 2020
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Living

Airline Policy Bans Some Wheelchairs From Flights

American Airlines is reviewing a policy change that may have barred travelers from bringing motorized wheelchairs on its regional jets, effectively cutting them off from over 100 destinations.

November 12, 2020

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Politics & Law

Disability Groups Worried As Supreme Court Weighs Affordable Care Act

Advocates say that people with disabilities have a lot to lose as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether or not to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

November 11, 2020

Down Syndrome

Man With Down Syndrome Reaches Historic First By Completing Ironman

A 21-year-old with Down syndrome is the first with the chromosomal disorder to complete an entire Ironman triathlon, which entails swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles.

November 11, 2020

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Politics & Law

Biden Victory Brings High Hopes For Disability Community

Joe Biden's campaign put forward a broad plan to address the needs of people with disabilities. Now advocates are optimistic as the former vice president prepares to assume the presidency.

November 10, 2020

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Autism

Study Links Frequent Doctor Visits To Autism Risk


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Living

Anne Hathaway Apologizes For Depiction In ‘The Witches’

Facing an outcry from many with disabilities, Anne Hathaway and Warner Bros. are apologizing for how characters in an adaptation of Roald Dahl's "The Witches" are portrayed.

November 10, 2020
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Living

How Families Are Fighting Racism And Disability Discrimination

Many parents of children with special needs — regardless of race — struggle to receive prompt diagnoses and services. But for families of color, the challenge is more acute.

November 9, 2020
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Politics & Law

Feds Push States To Prioritize Community-Based Services

Medicaid officials are encouraging states to accelerate efforts to "rebalance" long-term care offerings for people with disabilities to favor home- and community-based services over institutions.

November 6, 2020
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