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In an annual report to Congress, the U.S. Department of Education said that students with disabilities are spending an increasing amount of time in general education classrooms. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Education

Report: Inclusion On Rise In Nation’s Schools

A growing number of students with disabilities are spending most of the day in regular education classrooms alongside their typically-developing peers, according to new federal statistics.

February 2, 2016
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is known to carry the Zika virus, which global health officials fear is linked to an uptick in cases of microcephaly. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Health & Behavior

Birth Defect Fears Prompt Global Health Emergency

Concerns about a possible link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and developmental issues have prompted the World Health Organization to declare an international public health emergency.

February 2, 2016

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Down Syndrome

Girl With Down Syndrome Sues ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrity

The family of a girl with Down syndrome is seeking millions from a "Dancing with the Stars" cast member after he allegedly shared a misappropriated photo and defamed her on social media.

February 2, 2016

Autism

Meltdown Leads To Felony Charge For Teen On The Spectrum

An 18-year-old with autism is awaiting trial on a felony assault charge that his parents say criminalizes behavior that's a direct result of their son's disability.

February 1, 2016

Living

Lego Rolling Out Minifigure In Wheelchair

Lego said it will include a boy in a wheelchair in a forthcoming set of its iconic minifigures.

January 29, 2016

Autism

Maternal Obesity, Diabetes ‘Substantially’ Raise ASD Risk

A major new study could shed light on some of the maternal health factors that may increase children's risk of developing autism.

January 29, 2016

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Living

Autism Family Drama Coming To TV


The U.S. Department of Justice says it now expects to issue proposed rules on accessibility for non-government websites in 2018. (Thinkstock)

Politics & Law

Obama Administration Delaying Web Accessibility Rules

Long-anticipated federal rules detailing how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to much of the Internet are still years away.

January 27, 2016
Chinese scientists say they have replicated autism-like behaviors in macaque monkeys like these. (Thinkstock)

Autism

In Bid To Understand Autism, Scientists Turn To Monkeys

Researchers say they've genetically engineered monkeys to display autism-like behaviors in a development that could advance what's known about the developmental disorder and how to treat it.

January 26, 2016

Education

Kids Get ‘Ability Awareness’ Training

Through a series of exercises, typically-developing children are getting a glimpse of what it's like to live with a wide array of disabilities.

January 26, 2016

Health & Behavior

CDC Reports Rise In Birth Defect

Physicians are seeing more instances of a birth defect in which infants are born with their intestines extruding from the stomach wall and it's unclear why, government officials say.

January 26, 2016

The winners of the Schneider Family Book Awards include "Fish in a Tree," "The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B" and "The War that Saved my Life." (Penguin Random House)

Living

Children’s Books Honored For Portraying Disability Experience

Four new books for kids and teens are being lauded for focusing on disabilities with a set of awards handed out alongside the famed Caldecott and Newbery Medals.

January 25, 2016

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Education

Graduation Rates Lagging For Students With Disabilities


Kim Wagaman, right, a behavioral therapist, takes Dustin Strasser, left, and Evan Roth, center, out for ice cream. Wagaman runs a weekly group designed to help adults with autism develop their social skills so that they can be successful at work and in the community. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Autism

Group Helps Young Adults With Autism Fit In

For adults with autism who are not quite independent, one group is offering a fun, laid-back environment to regularly interact with people beyond family members.

January 22, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court is asking for the federal government's take before deciding whether to hear a special education case. (Thinkstock)

Politics & Law

Supreme Court Seeks Input On Special Education Matter

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh in as it considers whether to take up a case brought by the family of a girl who sought to bring her service dog to school.

January 21, 2016

Politics & Law

Motor Home At Center Of Accommodation Dispute

The parents of a woman with severe disabilities are suing after their HOA refused to allow them to park a motor home they bought to take their daughter to medical appointments.

January 20, 2016
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