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Biden Urges Equality For People With Disabilities

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TV Shows Starring Actors With Developmental Disabilities Set To Return

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Mom Hasn’t Seen Son With Autism Since March Because Of COVID-19 Lockdown

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Day Programs Wonder When They Should Reopen — And If They’ll Survive

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School Groups Want Flexibility On Special Ed Spending Due To COVID-19

Federal law requires school districts to spend at least as much each year on special ed as they did the last, but in light of the pandemic, school leaders want Congress to ease up on this mandate.

May 29, 2020
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Living

Google Offering New Tools To Help Those With Disabilities

Google is introducing new technology to simplify smartphones for those with cognitive disabilities and it's beefing up its map program to make it easier to know if destinations are accessible.

May 28, 2020

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Education

Nonverbal Students Being Denied An Education During Pandemic, Lawsuit Says

A federal lawsuit that could affect thousands claims that students with disabilities are being illegally denied an education during the government-ordered coronavirus school shutdown.

May 27, 2020

Autism

Video Shows Mom Pushing Son With Autism Into Canal

Overwhelmed by caring for her 9-year-old with severe autism, authorities say that a mother pushed her son into water twice, ultimately leading the boy to drown in a Florida canal.

May 27, 2020

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Autism

Study Pinpoints Autism Risk For Kids With Aunts, Uncles On The Spectrum

Children who have an aunt or uncle with autism are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with the developmental disorder too.

May 19, 2020

Health & Behavior

Medicaid Providers At The End Of The Line For Federal Coronavirus Funding

Disability services agencies and other providers largely supported by Medicaid have yet to receive help despite mounting losses linked to the pandemic.

May 19, 2020

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Living

Pandemic Making Child Care Tough To Find For Those With Special Needs


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Politics & Law

House OKs COVID-19 Relief Plan With More Payments For People With Disabilities

A fresh round of stimulus checks for people with disabilities and billions for home- and community-based services are part of a $3 trillion relief bill that faces an uncertain future.

May 18, 2020
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Money

Feds Offer Guidance On Voc Rehab Services Amid Coronavirus

Vocational rehabilitation agencies can continue to serve individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, though some adjustments may be needed, federal officials say.

May 15, 2020

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Living

Visits From Horses Brighten Locked-Down Days For Those With Special Needs

With coronavirus keeping people with special needs away from their regular riding lessons, one equine-assisted therapy provider is making house calls with horses in tow.

May 15, 2020

Education

Remote Learning Continues, But Students With Disabilities Still Falling Behind

Experts, teachers and caregivers contend students in special education stand to lose the most as remote learning continues given their differing needs and varying levels of family support.

May 14, 2020

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Autism

CDC Researchers: Over 5 Million US Adults Have Autism

For the first time ever, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are estimating the number of American adults who have autism.

May 13, 2020

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Autism

Pets Ease Stress For Kids With ASD And Their Parents, Study Finds


Politics & Law

Senator Introduces Bill To End Ventilator Discrimination During Pandemic

A U.S. senator has introduced legislation aimed at bringing an end to ventilator protocols that advocates worry could be used to discriminate against coronavirus patients with disabilities.

May 12, 2020

Living

DSPs Worry About Protective Equipment, Changed Routines

Agencies that serve individuals with disabilities are facing numerous challenges keeping residents and staff safe from COVID-19 while dealing with lost routines and isolation.

May 12, 2020
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Health & Behavior

COVID-19 Cases At Group Homes, Institutions Going Untracked

With no official government tally, one group is working to identify how many people with disabilities have contracted or died from coronavirus while living in congregate settings.

May 11, 2020
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