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Dozens With Disabilities Arrested On Capitol Hill

Education

Study: School Culture, Policies Drive Use Of Restraint And Seclusion

Autism

Autism Drama Set To Debut On ABC

Money

As Sheltered Workshops Fade, Families Wonder What’s Next

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Living

Woman Calms Panicked Child On Transatlantic Flight

About an hour into an eight-hour flight, a young boy who appeared to have special needs began screaming. What happened next offered a lesson in compassion that has circulated widely online.

July 25, 2017

Politics & Law

Analysis Finds Voter Turnout Low Among Those With Special Needs

Despite increased talk of disability issues during last year's presidential campaign, new research suggests that voter turnout still lagged among this population.

July 21, 2017

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Autism

When It Comes To Diagnosing Autism, Even Experts Miss Signs

Autism has attracted a huge amount of attention in recent years, but many families who suspect their child may be on the spectrum continue to face barriers.

July 21, 2017
Republican senators outside White House

Politics & Law

Prospect Of Cuts To Disability Services Looms Large

With a vote anticipated on a Republican health care plan that would fundamentally transform Medicaid, disability advocates say the threat to disability services remains very real.

July 21, 2017

Andrew Butler, left, lets his parents, Mark and Susan, know that he wants to leave and go for a car ride

Health & Behavior

State Aims To Help Parents Keep Custody Of Kids With Disabilities

One state is working to keep families together with a new crisis fund designed to help children with severe behaviors get the support they need without forcing parents to give up custody.

July 19, 2017

Politics & Law

Crime Twice As Common Among People With Disabilities

People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be victims of violent crime, according to new federal data.

July 18, 2017

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Autism

Salons Adapt To Needs Of Kids On The Spectrum


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Education

DeVos Wants More Options For Students In Special Education

In her first speech centering on special ed, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said students with disabilities deserve better and her agency will work to provide more choices for families.

July 18, 2017

Money

Workers With Disabilities Paid Little While Executives Got Six Figures

A nonprofit paid some of its employees with disabilities as little as $2 to $3 an hour, while top managers took home as much as $570,000, an investigation finds.

July 17, 2017

Living

Sensory-Friendly Efforts Expanding To Zoos

Increasingly, local zoos are working to become more welcoming to kids with disabilities and those who are sensitive to noises and other stimulation.

July 14, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Politics & Law

Disability Services Remain In Peril Under Revised Health Bill

Despite a nod to the vulnerability of home and community-based services under a Senate GOP health care bill, disability advocates say a new version of the proposal does little to quell fears.

July 14, 2017

Autism

For Those With Autism, Behavioral Crises May Have Warning Signs

Many kids and teens with autism exhibit challenging behaviors, but new research suggests that certain risk factors separate those that end up needing inpatient treatment.

July 13, 2017

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Living

‘Blind’ Film Takes Heat For Casting Alec Baldwin In Lead Role


School classroom

Education

Feds Find Fewer States Meeting Special Ed Obligations

Less than half of states are meeting their obligations to appropriately serve students with disabilities under the nation's special education law, federal education officials say.

July 11, 2017

Politics & Law

Plan To Shield Kids With Disabilities From Medicaid Cuts Falls Short

Despite senators' efforts to exempt children with disabilities from a Republican proposal to reduce federal funding for Medicaid, experts say caps would apply to the majority of these kids.

July 11, 2017
Michelle Obama

Intellectual Disability

Michelle Obama To Salute Special Olympics Founder

Former first lady Michelle Obama will highlight the work of one of the world's largest organizations for people with intellectual disabilities during a nationally-televised event this week.

July 11, 2017
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