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Disability Suits Fuel Rise In Civil Rights Claims Against Schools

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Research Points To Genetic Link To Cerebral Palsy

Autism

When Those With Autism Age Out, What’s Next?

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Paraeducators Eyed To Fill Special Ed Teacher Vacancies

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Health & Behavior

Study: Early Intervention Pays Off Quickly

Intensive early intervention for kids with autism can be extremely costly, but new research finds that such treatment can pay for itself in short order.

August 18, 2017

Down Syndrome

Teen With Down Syndrome Finds Brotherhood In Former MMA Fighter

Often the underdog during his run as a mixed martial arts fighter, a personal trainer is now helping a teenager with Down syndrome learn what he's capable of.

August 18, 2017

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Target Unveils Clothing For Kids With Special Needs

Target is rolling out a collection of sensory-friendly apparel for children and says adaptive clothing for those with disabilities is on the way too.

August 17, 2017
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Living

Book Club Doesn’t Let Disability Get In The Way

Fifteen years ago the idea of creating book clubs for people with developmental disabilities was met with skepticism. But today, chapters are thriving in 34 states and four countries.

August 16, 2017

Health & Behavior

Behavior Therapy Benefits Parents Too, Study Finds

Behavior therapy for kids with autism can have an impact that goes far beyond the child, new research suggests, with parents who play an active role in treatment seeing major gains as well.

August 15, 2017

Living

Hotel Looks To Make Stays Easier For Guests With Special Needs

A teen inspired a major hotel to make stays smoother for those who might need amenities like easy-to-use plates and utensils, light-up toys, oversized strollers, iPads or weighted vests.

August 15, 2017

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Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Documentary Coming To PBS


Eight-year-old twin brothers Patrick, left, and Dominic Basara, right, take in an exhibit at the first sensory day for kids with autism at Legoland Discovery Center

Autism

Kid Meccas Increasingly Go Sensory Friendly

More and more, recreational and cultural institutions are offering special programs and accommodations to welcome children on the spectrum and their families.

August 14, 2017
Autism Speaks

Autism

Autism Speaks Retooling Scientific Agenda

Less than a year after dropping references to finding a cure from its mission statement, Autism Speaks is looking for input amid a revamp of its scientific priorities.

August 4, 2017

Politics & Law

Feds Take Aim At Inaccessible Housing

Millions in federal housing dollars went toward projects that skirted accessibility requirements, with sinks, doorways and other features that weren't disability-friendly, prosecutors say.

August 4, 2017

Living

Family Builds At-Home Sensory Room

Typically sensory rooms are built for schools or centers that serve people with special needs, but one family decided to incorporate such a specially-designed space into their own home.

August 3, 2017

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Education

Schools Accused Of Denying Special Education Services

The nation's largest school district is being accused of failing to provide speech therapy, occupational therapy and other legally-mandated services to students with disabilities.

August 2, 2017

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Autism

Federal Panel Wants Autism Funding Doubled


Hollywood

Living

Report: Disability Remains Underrepresented In Movies

A new analysis of hundreds of the most popular films in recent years finds that portrayals of people with disabilities are few and far between.

August 1, 2017

Education

Talk Of Medicaid Changes Prompts Special Ed Worries

Amid the national noise about potential cuts to Medicaid, some school administrators are trying to bring attention to one arguably lesser-known group that would be affected: their students.

August 1, 2017
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Living

Indoor Skydiving Offers Those With Disabilities ‘Major Rush’

For adventure seekers with special needs, an indoor skydiving range is offering a chance to soar unencumbered by their challenges.

July 31, 2017
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