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Senator Calls For Full Funding Of IDEA

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Disability Providers Get Reprieve From New Wage Rule

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Attorney Appeals Ruling On Disney Access

Education

Feds Allocate Millions For Special Ed Training

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Autism

ABA Coverage Mandates May Be Falling Short

Forty-four states and Washington, D.C. require health insurers to cover autism treatments. But new research suggests these efforts are failing in key ways to help people get needed therapy.

May 18, 2016

Living

Community Living Skeptics Often Have Change Of Heart

Despite initial opposition, a new study suggests that many families of those with disabilities required to transition from institutions to community living are ultimately pleased.

May 17, 2016

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Holt Priest enjoys a laugh and a lunchtime ritual with a table of girls at Parkway West High School in Chesterfield, Mo. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Education

Once Isolated, Graduate With Autism Finishes On Top

He started high school isolated in special education classrooms and struggling, but with a little help, Holt Priest managed to graduate as one of his school's most popular and beloved.

May 17, 2016

Living

Seattle To Host 2018 Special Olympics

The massive event, which is estimated to attract thousands of visitors from across the country and generate millions in revenue for the Seattle area, will mark the games' 50th year.

May 17, 2016

ABC's "Speechless" stars Mason Cook as Ray, Kyla Kenedy as Dylan, John Ross Bowie as Jimmy, Minnie Driver as Maya, Micah Fowler as JJ and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth. (Kevin Foley/ABC)

Living

ABC Picks Up Comedy Focusing On Special Needs

A major television network is set to air a comedy about a family with a child who has special needs.

May 16, 2016
Lowe's will pay $8.6 million and hire an ADA consultant as part of a settlement agreement with the EEOC. (David T. Foster, III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Money

Lowe’s Paying Millions To Settle Disability Discrimination Case

One of the nation's largest home improvement retailers will pay millions to settle claims that it fired thousands of workers with disabilities in violation of the ADA.

May 13, 2016

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Health & Behavior

Excessive Folate May Increase ASD Risk


Education

IDEA Applies No Matter Where Kids Call Home, Feds Say

Federal officials are reminding states and schools that they have an obligation to provide special education services to kids with disabilities even if they live in institutional settings.

May 12, 2016
Nolan Askew, 17, presses a button on a computer-numerical-control machine to begin making another part at an information meeting for a brand new program called the Uniquely Abled Academy at Glendale Community College. (Tim Berger/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Autism

New Program For Adults With Autism Matches Potential With Skills

A one-of-a-kind program will train adults with autism for manufacturing jobs that can command $18 an hour or more and organizers say they hope to expand the effort nationally.

May 11, 2016

Money

First ABLE Accounts Expected This Summer

A year and a half after legislation paved the way for people with disabilities to save without jeopardizing their government benefits, the first accounts are poised to become available.

May 10, 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice is looking for additional public comment on potential accessibility rules for state and local government websites despite indications just months ago that the agency would be proceeding with rules on the issue. (Thinkstock)

Politics & Law

Justice Department Postpones Web Accessibility Rules

The Obama administration is further delaying plans to address how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the Internet.

May 10, 2016

Living

Born Without Hands, Girl Wins National Handwriting Contest

Anaya Ellick's penmanship is so good, she recently won a national handwriting contest. Never mind that the 7-year-old has no hands and doesn't use prosthetics for help.

May 10, 2016

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Down Syndrome

Chef With Down Syndrome Opens Food Truck


Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Campaign Ad: Empowering Or Exploitive?

Disability activists are split over a U.S. Senate candidate's advertisement that prominently features her adult son who has a disability.

May 6, 2016

Money

For Those with Special Needs, Jobs Picture Stable

The employment situation for Americans with disabilities is steady even as overall hiring across the nation has slowed, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

May 6, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights received more than 4,800 complaints of disability discrimination during fiscal year 2015 touching on everything from accessibility to harassment and testing issues. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Education

Complaints To Education Department Largely Disability-Related

As the U.S. Department of Education fielded a record number of civil rights complaints last year, the agency said nearly half alleged some form of disability discrimination.

May 5, 2016
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