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Biden Plan Would End Subminimum Wage, Offer Stimulus Checks To More With Disabilities

Health & Behavior

Pandemic Could Hurt Home-Based Care For Kids With 24/7 Needs

Health & Behavior

Disability Discrimination In Health Care Under Scrutiny

Money

Employing Staff On The Spectrum, Car Wash Looks To Expand

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Autism

Lawsuit: Teen With Autism Died After Police Sat On Him For More Than 9 Minutes

The parents of a teen with severe autism who died last year have sued claiming that seven officers restrained the teen face-down for more than nine minutes while responding to a meltdown.

January 18, 2021
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Autism

Autism Families Report Major Impacts From Pandemic

A new survey finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted autism symptoms to worsen and "significant, ongoing disruptions to therapies" for those on the spectrum.

January 15, 2021

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Education

School District’s Special Ed Services During COVID-19 Under Investigation

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating concerns that students with disabilities went without specialized instruction — and some teachers weren't allowed to provide it.

January 15, 2021
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Living

New Law Aims To Expand Access To Respite Care

Federal funding to support respite care for families of those with disabilities and other special needs will increase dramatically under legislation signed by President Donald Trump this month.

January 14, 2021

Health & Behavior

Therapists Who Help Tots With Developmental Delays See Big Drop In Referrals

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of children referred to early intervention has plummeted leaving therapists worried that the kids being missed could face long-term consequences.

January 13, 2021
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Autism

Cats May Improve Social Skills In Kids With Autism

Adopting a cat can make a big difference for kids with autism, new research suggests.

January 12, 2021

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Health & Behavior

Trump Administration Approves First Medicaid Block Grant


Education

Virtual Learning Comes With Added Curve For Special Ed Students

The pandemic school year that has frustrated so many is proving almost impossible for special education students, but even still, there are success stories.

January 12, 2021
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Living

Program Helping People Leave Institutions Renewed After Years In Limbo

Following years of uncertainty, federal lawmakers are giving new life to a popular Medicaid program that moves people with disabilities from institutions into the community.

January 11, 2021

Autism

Newborn Screening May Contain Autism Clues

A simple, routine test may be able to detect autism in newborn children, researchers say.

January 8, 2021
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Living

Airlines Crack Down On Service Animals

Multiple airlines are putting new rules in place surrounding service animals on planes following years of complaints.

January 8, 2021

Down Syndrome

CDC Adds Down Syndrome To COVID-19 ‘Increased Risk’ List

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is acknowledging for the first time that COVID-19 poses an especially high risk for people with Down syndrome.

January 7, 2021

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Politics & Law

Feds Say Institution Experimented On Residents With Intellectual Disabilities


U.S. Capitol

Politics & Law

Advocates: COVID-19 Relief Leaves Out People With Disabilities

With a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, Congress yet again denied stimulus payments to some people with disabilities and failed to offer funding for home- and community-based services.

January 5, 2021

Education

Thousands Of Families In Special Education Limbo

When the pandemic hit, some school districts paused special education evaluations. Now thousands of students may be going without critical services.

January 5, 2021
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Money

Amazon Billionaire Gives ‘Transformational’ Gifts To Disability Nonprofits

Multiple nonprofits serving people with disabilities are receiving an unprecedented and unexpected influx of cash from the billionaire ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

January 4, 2021
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