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Study: Reworked Autism Definition Prompted Drop In Diagnoses

Down Syndrome

With $29 Million In Backing, MIT Launches Down Syndrome Center

Living

Cheers For Amy Schumer’s Disclosure That Her Husband Is On The Spectrum

Education

A Day In The Life Of Miss Wendy, A ‘Foot Soldier’ For Special Education

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Money

Even With Bipartisan Support, Push To End Subminimum Wage Remains Divisive

With record low unemployment, some lawmakers say the timing is ideal for a bill that would put an end to a provision that allows people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage.

March 19, 2019

Living

A Year Later, Still No Charges In Group Home Death

A year after a man with disabilities was murdered, the group home where he lived has closed and a watchdog has ended its investigation but police don't know when charges will be filed.

March 19, 2019

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National Institutes of Health

Autism

Kids With Severe Autism Often Overlooked In Research

Children who are on the severe end of the autism spectrum are increasingly being left out of studies on treating the developmental disorder, new research suggests.

March 19, 2019
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Education

How The College Admissions Scandal Could Spell Trouble For Students With Disabilities

Advocates for students with disabilities are concerned that accommodations for college entrance exams could tighten in the wake of an admissions cheating scandal.

March 18, 2019

Living

New Day Program Envisioned With ‘Community College-Like Campus’

Frustrated that many students depart high school only to sit at home with nothing to do, a teacher is developing a new day program to serve adults with disabilities, regardless of severity.

March 15, 2019

Education

Special Ed Teacher Created Classroom ‘Fight Club,’ Police Say

A high school special education teacher is accused of encouraging students in his classroom to fight each other while refereeing the brawls himself.

March 14, 2019

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Autism

Amazon Yanks Books Touting Autism ‘Cures’


FDA

Health & Behavior

Disability Advocates Pressure FDA To Finalize Ban On Shock Devices

Months after the Food and Drug Administration pledged to ban devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities, advocates are asking what the holdup is.

March 13, 2019

Money

Bill Would Protect SSI Benefits For Couples Who Marry

Under current rules, individuals with developmental disabilities receive less money each month in Supplemental Security Income if they marry. New legislation would change that.

March 12, 2019

Autism

At SeaWorld’s Water Park, An Autism-Friendly Approach Takes Root

A revamped quiet space, more detailed signs and new employee training have helped SeaWorld's Aquatica Orlando become the first water park designated as a certified autism center.

March 12, 2019
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Politics & Law

Trump Proposes Cuts To Medicaid, Other Disability Programs

With his latest budget proposal, the president is calling for significant changes to Medicaid that advocates say would have big consequences for people with disabilities.

March 12, 2019

Facebook headquarters

Autism

Facebook Clamping Down On Vaccine Misinformation

Less than a week after a major study further refuted any connection between autism and vaccines, Facebook says it will crack down on the spread of vaccine misinformation on its platform.

March 11, 2019

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Health & Behavior

Judge: Insurer’s Guidelines For ABA, Behavioral Health ‘Tainted’


U.S. Department of Education

Education

Trump Administration Ordered To Reinstate Special Ed Rule

The U.S. Department of Education can't delay implementation of a regulation aimed at preventing certain students from being wrongly placed in special education, a federal judge has ruled.

March 8, 2019
Spread the Word to End the Word event

Living

‘R-Word’ Pledge Is No More

Ten years in, an initiative aimed at stomping out use of the word "retard" is evolving to embrace a new focus.

March 7, 2019
U.S. Capitol

Money

Senators Look To Expand ABLE Program

A proposal in the U.S. Senate would dramatically increase access to a newly-established program that allows people with disabilities a way to save without jeopardizing government benefits.

March 6, 2019
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