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New Season Ahead For Down Syndrome Reality Show

Money

Congress Eyes Changes To ABLE Act, Special Needs Trusts

Living

Disney ADA Complaints Dismissed

Autism

Virtual World Shows Promise For Teaching Social Skills

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Politics & Law

Judge Blocks Effort To Remove Kids From Nursing Homes

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit out of court filed by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging that children with disabilities were being unlawfully warehoused in nursing homes.

September 26, 2016

Autism

Study: Autism Moms Face Greater Risk Of Heart Disease

Raising a child with autism may take a deeper toll than previously thought with new research suggesting that such moms face a heightened risk of heart disease.

September 23, 2016

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Jonathan Thompson, 28, leases a 2015 Dodge Caravan that's been modified to be wheelchair accessible as part of an Uber program designed to increase ride availability for passengers with mobility issues. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS)

Living

Uber Improving Access For Wheelchair Users

In an effort to get more accessible vehicles on the road, the popular ride-sharing service is offering financial incentives to drivers.

September 23, 2016
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reacts to being introduced by Anastasia Somoza as Clinton arrives onstage for her rally in Orlando, Fla. Somoza, who has cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia, gained acclaim when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Politics & Law

In Rare Move, Clinton Courts Disability Vote

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is making her pitch to people with disabilities, bringing attention to a sizable demographic that's often overlooked on the campaign trail.

September 22, 2016

Education

Problems Plague Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation is supposed to help people with disabilities become independent, but federal data indicates over 800,000 deemed eligible for such services received no assistance.

September 21, 2016
Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, stars as J.J. DiMeo on ABC's "Speechless." (Kelsey McNeal/ABC)

Cerebral Palsy

Aside From Laughs, ‘Speechless’ Committed To Raising Awareness

As the debut of ABC's "Speechless" brings cerebral palsy to the forefront, those behind the show are looking to help people directly affected by the developmental disability.

September 20, 2016

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Money

Over $24 Million Tagged For Disability Employment


Politics & Law

Accessible Housing Units Often Few And Far Between

When those with disabilities can't find accessible housing, they can end up homeless or living in housing projects that are far away from their communities, advocates say.

September 20, 2016
Fifth-grader Owen Chaidez, 10, plays during recess at Hillcrest Elementary School in Downers Grove, Ill. Chaidez, along with his mother, raised $600,000 to build a wheelchair-accessible playground at his school. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Living

Parents, Nonprofits Unite To Create More Inclusive Playgrounds

Passionate parents and nonprofits are taking matters into their own hands rather than waiting for cash-strapped communities and school districts to make playgrounds ADA compliant.

September 19, 2016

Politics & Law

Self-Advocacy Gets National Push

Efforts to promote self-advocacy among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are getting a major boost with the creation of a first-ever national resource center.

September 16, 2016

Health & Behavior

Autism Biobank Aims To Help Research

An ambitious effort to collect genetic information from thousands with autism could yield big answers about the disorder. That is, if researchers can attract enough participants.

September 16, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education is settling a dispute with South Carolina over the state's "maintenance of effort" obligations for funding special education. (Shutterstock)

Education

Feds, State Make Nice Over Special Ed Dispute

A long-running disagreement over special education funding is coming to a close.

September 15, 2016

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Living

Through Cerebral Palsy, ‘Speechless’ Looks To Get People Talking


Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Rates May Be ‘Gross Overestimations,’ Study Finds

A new study looking at the prevalence of Down syndrome over the last 60 years finds that the condition may be far less common than previously thought.

September 13, 2016

Education

Investigation: Thousands Of Kids Kept Out Of Special Education

Over a decade ago, one state arbitrarily decided what percentage of students should get special education — 8.5 percent — and since then strict audits have forced districts to comply.

September 13, 2016
Ben Liske, 16, right, of Nashville, Tenn., and his mother, Juli Liske, put the finishing touches on his dorm room at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Liske, who has autism, is starting his freshman year and will likely major in computer engineering. (Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant/TNS)

Autism

Autism Not A Barrier For 16-Year-Old College Freshman

Oftentimes, colleges shy away from accommodating the unique needs of students on the spectrum, but that is starting to change.

September 13, 2016
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