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High Court Backs More Robust Standard For FAPE

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Nike Improves Shoe Accessibility

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Celebrities Take Aim At ‘Special Needs’

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Many With Disabilities Fear Medicaid Cuts Will Diminish Independence

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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

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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
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney

Politics & Law

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

Deep cuts to domestic spending outlined in a budget plan released by the White House this week could have big implications for people with developmental disabilities.

March 17, 2017

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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


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

The U.S. Department of Education

Education

Following Outage, Ed Department Wants Feedback On IDEA Site

After technical problems brought a key government special education website to a screeching halt, federal officials are asking the public for help as they look to reimagine the site.

March 13, 2017

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

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Politics & Law

GOP Plan To Replace Obamacare Calls For Medicaid Caps


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Education

Is Teacher Preparation Failing Students With Disabilities?

Most kids with disabilities spend the majority of their days in general education classrooms, but many teacher training programs offer little preparation for educating these students.

March 8, 2017
School classroom

Politics & Law

Disability Advocates Warn Against Overturning Education Rules

Advocates are working to block efforts to rescind Obama-era education regulations, a move they say would weaken accountability for students with disabilities.

March 7, 2017

Living

Disney Guide Aims To Help Guests With Special Needs

After her family's fifth trip to Disney World, one mom realized there wasn't a comprehensive guide for guests with special needs, so she decided to write one.

March 7, 2017
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