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Millions Headed To States For Respite Care

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Disability Service Providers Face ‘Unprecedented’ Labor Shortage

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On ADA Anniversary, Biden Recommits To Disability Rights

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ACT Will Honor IEP, 504 Plan Accommodations

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Advocates Reflect On FDA Overturning Ban On Electric Shock Devices

Disability advocates have been fighting the use electric shock devices for decades. In 2020, they got a win when the FDA banned the devices, but earlier this month that ban was overturned.

July 27, 2021

Autism

Mom Of Child With Autism Started T-Shirt And Vending Business For 1 Reason: Routine

In order to give her son with autism structure, one mom created a business that involves her kids and reinforces their routine.

July 27, 2021

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Disability Advocates Warn $400 Billion Community-Based Services Plan Could Get Chopped

An ambitious Biden administration plan to invest $400 billion to transform home and community-based services and get people with disabilities off waiting lists is in jeopardy, advocates say.

July 23, 2021

Living

Following Loss Of Parents, Community Steps In To Care For Man With Special Needs

Since a young adult with special needs lost both of his parents in 2018, people around town have made sure he has everything from a home and a bicycle to regular haircuts, new clothes and more.

July 23, 2021

Politics & Law

Britney Spears Case Spurs Bipartisan Bill Against Conservatorship Abuse

The proposed bill would impose new safeguards and allow conservatees to have their private guardian replaced with an independent public guardian without having to prove misconduct or abuse.

July 22, 2021
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Paralympic Gold Medalist Withdraws From Tokyo Games After Being Denied Aide

A two-time Paralympic swimmer who is deaf and blind is withdrawing from the Tokyo games, saying that she had "no choice" after being told she couldn't have a personal care assistant accompany her.

July 21, 2021

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Education

Most States Struggling To Fulfill IDEA Requirements


Living

Olympics Composer Steps Down Over Bullying Of Classmates With Disabilities

Just days before the Olympics get underway, the composer who worked on the opening ceremony resigned over having bullied classmates, including those with disabilities, during his childhood.

July 20, 2021

Education

Family Suing After Maskless Student With Disability Barred From School

The high schooler has a speech-related disability that makes it hard for him to pronounce certain sounds and letters — and also means he cannot wear a mask safely, according to a lawsuit.

July 20, 2021

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Politics & Law

Jury Awards $125 Million To Former Walmart Employee With Down Syndrome

Walmart has been ordered to pay a former employee with Down syndrome over $125 million after a jury found that the retailer failed to provide her with appropriate disability accommodations.

July 19, 2021
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Politics & Law

Senators Eye Greater Scrutiny Of Guardianships

Inspired by the case of Britney Spears, a pair of senators want the government to increase oversight and produce more information about guardianships and conservatorships across the country.

July 16, 2021

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Education

Investigation Finds ‘No Evidence’ Of Discrimination Against Students In Special Ed

A federal investigation into one state's education department over concerns that students with disabilities were being denied equal access during the COVID-19 pandemic has been dismissed.

July 16, 2021

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JCPenney Unveils Clothing Aimed At Kids With Disabilities


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Money

More States Move To Phase Out Subminimum Wage

At least eight states have acted to prohibit subminimum wage employment in the hope of integrating more people with disabilities into the general workforce.

July 14, 2021
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Education

Ed Department To Release Extra IDEA Funds, New Guidance

Schools across the country are set to receive billions of dollars — and some new guidance — to help meet the needs of students with disabilities amid the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 13, 2021

Education

Passion Drives Special Ed Teacher To 55-Year Career Helping Kids

Joy Chastek is 78 years old and still works up to 15 hours a day. An educator for 55 years, Chastek has devoted the last 40 to special education students and has no plans to stop.

July 13, 2021
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