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Collapse Of Health Care Bill Leaves Medicaid Unscathed

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High Court Backs More Robust Standard For FAPE

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Sheltered Workshops Get Reprieve

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Money

Low Caregiver Wages Take Toll

For many with disabilities, maintaining a routine is key. But low wages for direct support staff often lead to high turnover and unwelcome change for those who rely on such assistance.

March 24, 2017
Actress Lauren Potter

Down Syndrome

Celebrities Take Aim At ‘Special Needs’

With a new short film, a handful of famous faces are using offbeat humor to question whether the needs of people with Down syndrome truly are "special."

March 21, 2017

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Health & Behavior

Many With Disabilities Fear Medicaid Cuts Will Diminish Independence

If federal Medicaid money dwindles and states have to find savings, they may be tempted to drop home- and community-based services for people with developmental disabilities.

March 21, 2017

Autism

‘Sesame Street’ Bringing Muppet With Autism To TV

After being introduced online more than a year ago, Sesame Street's first character with autism is set to make her television debut.

March 20, 2017

Neil Gorsuch

Politics & Law

Supreme Court Nominee’s Rulings On ADA, IDEA Have Advocates Worried

As the U.S. Senate begins confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, concerns are being raised over his record on cases affecting those with disabilities.

March 20, 2017

Living

Adults With Disabilities Become Radio ‘Rock Stars’

A morning radio show written and produced by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is offering social skills and employment training alongside plenty of laughs.

March 17, 2017

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Politics & Law

Trump’s ‘Skinny Budget’ Sows Uncertainty For Disability Programs


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Autism

Autism May Be Detectable In Blood

Scientists say they can predict with near perfect accuracy whether or not a child has autism from a blood sample.

March 16, 2017
Lori Bolton

Living

Remote Monitoring Replacing Some Direct Support Staff

People with developmental disabilities are increasingly relying on a mix of sensors, cameras and other electronic devices that can alleviate the need for around-the-clock staff.

March 15, 2017

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Autism

Bucking Trend, 9 In 10 With Autism Land Jobs After Training

When given the right supports and training, a new study suggests that nearly all young people with autism who qualify for supported employment can learn to excel on the job.

March 14, 2017

Politics & Law

Police Learn To Better Understand People With Disabilities

Using a unique two-way approach, law enforcement officers and individuals with developmental disabilities are learning to interact more appropriately with one another.

March 14, 2017

Living

For Kids On The Spectrum, Time Change Brings Angst

The hour lost by springing ahead is an inconvenience to many, but for those with autism who find comfort in sticking to a predictable schedule, it can take weeks to adjust.

March 14, 2017

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Education

Following Outage, Ed Department Wants Feedback On IDEA Site


Living

PBS To Broadcast Autism Documentary

The sensory experiences of people on the spectrum take center stage in a new documentary set to air on television.

March 10, 2017

Down Syndrome

Twins Share Unique Bond Even As Chromosome Divides Them

Life could not be more different for the Toronczak twins — one is an elite college swimmer while the other has Down syndrome and is nonverbal. Nonetheless, the pair share an unbreakable bond.

March 10, 2017
Press conference on Capitol Hill

Politics & Law

GOP Plan To Replace Obamacare Calls For Medicaid Caps

A Republican proposal to revamp the nation's health care system would fundamentally alter Medicaid, threatening access to community-based services for people with disabilities, advocates say.

March 9, 2017
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