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Autism

Police Shooting Traumatized Son With Autism, Mom Says

The mother of a man with autism whose caretaker was shot by police near his group home says her son is traumatized from the incident and has landed in a hospital psychiatric wing.

July 25, 2016
A narrow gangway barely fits her wheelchair as Colleen Kelly Starkloff arrives home from work in St. Louis. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Living

Wheelchair Emerges From Storage To Help Advocate See World Anew

She fought for disability rights for four decades, but it wasn't until she was thrown from her horse that her work as an advocate came into full view.

July 25, 2016

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Yielding to "market forces," UnitedHealthcare said it plans to include ABA coverage in all of its small and large group health insurance policies starting next year. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

Health & Behavior

In First, Insurer To Offer ABA Coverage Nationwide

The nation's largest health insurer says it will soon include coverage of applied behavior analysis in every group plan it offers.

July 22, 2016

Autism

Bullet That Struck Caretaker Was Meant For Man With Autism

A man with autism who wandered away from his group home was the intended target of an officer who instead shot the behavior assistant trying to help him, the head of the police union said.

July 22, 2016

Money

Fight For Job Promotion Spotlights Conflict For Disability Providers

In a groundbreaking decision, a human rights agency found that a disability provider likely violated a worker's civil rights when it denied him a promotion because he is also a client.

July 22, 2016

Autism

Caretaker Helping Man With Autism Shot By Police

When a 23-year-old with autism wandered into the street, a behavior assistant went to retrieve him only to be shot by police responding to the situation.

July 21, 2016

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Living

New Emojis Depict Range Of Abilities


Spending on institutional care across the country is being outpaced by funding for community-based services, according to a new analysis of Medicaid allocations for long-term care services during fiscal year 2014. (Thinkstock)

Health & Behavior

Community Living Spending Continues To Rise

Increasingly, Medicaid dollars are going toward community-based services as opposed to institutional care, but some states are moving in that direction more rapidly than others.

July 19, 2016
Kevin McHale, an able-bodied actor, appeared as Artie, a character who uses a wheelchair, in the Fox show "Glee." (Adam Rose/Fox/TNS)

Living

TV Actors Rarely Have Conditions They Portray, Report Finds

Despite those with disabilities representing nearly 20 percent of the population, a new report finds that about 95 percent of such characters on TV are played by typically-developing actors.

July 19, 2016

Education

Education Department Steps In After School Retaliated Against Mom

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is forcing changes at one school district after finding that a parent was retaliated against for advocating at IEP meetings.

July 19, 2016

Money

Feds Offer Up Millions To Boost Disability Employment

Millions of dollars are up for grabs designed to help states improve services for people with disabilities seeking work.

July 18, 2016

A federal program to address wandering among individuals with Alzheimer's disease would be expanded to include those with autism and other developmental disabilities under a bill approved by the U.S. Senate. (Jim Killock/Flickr)

Politics & Law

Wandering Bill Gains Senate Approval

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved legislation to provide tracking devices and other resources to help kids with autism and developmental disabilities at risk of wandering.

July 15, 2016

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Education

Trash Duty For Students With Special Needs Spurs Backlash


A home care worker helps her client get ready for work. Under a recently implemented rule from the U.S. Department of Labor, most caregivers must be paid at least minimum wage and qualify for overtime pay. (Glenn Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Politics & Law

Caregiver Wage Rule Here To Stay

With a final court challenge rejected, implementation of an Obama administration rule mandating pay protections for in-home caregivers assisting those with disabilities is proceeding.

July 14, 2016

Autism

Despite Federal Directive, Some With Autism Still Denied ABA

While some state Medicaid programs acted quickly to add coverage for ABA in response to a federal bulletin two years ago, kids with autism in other areas are still being denied the therapy.

July 13, 2016

Education

When It Comes To Special Ed, Majority Of States Miss Mark

Federal education officials are calling out more than half of states for failing to meet their obligations under the nation's special education law.

July 12, 2016
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