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Autism At Center Of New TV Drama

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Doctors Urged To Address Needs Of Females With Disabilities

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‘Special Ed’s’ Abandons Controversial Name

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Autism

Federal Panel Seeks Input On Autism

A federal autism advisory panel is looking for public feedback as it prepares to update the government's priorities for addressing the developmental disorder for the first time in years.

June 21, 2016
Jason Benetti, who has cerebral palsy, will be the play-by-play commentator during a nationally-televised ESPN broadcast of a Major League Baseball game this week. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy No Barrier For ESPN Broadcaster

A sportscaster with cerebral palsy is getting his shot at the big time this week, calling a nationally-televised Major League Baseball game.

June 21, 2016

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Money

Teen With ASD Is Face Of Family Business

In search of a post-high school path for their son with autism, one family decided to open a mobile shaved ice stand and they say the teen is the reason for their success.

June 21, 2016
Despite an increased focus on the need for diversity in Hollywood, people with disabilities are often left out of the conversation. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Living

In Hollywood, Diversity Tends To Ignore Disability

Diversity has been the talk of Hollywood, but the conversation has centered mostly on race and gender. Many feel the discussion should expand to include disability.

June 20, 2016

An analysis of dozens of studies shows that a growing number of youths with autism and intellectual disability are being prescribed antipsychotics. (Thinkstock)

Health & Behavior

More With Developmental Disabilities Medicated, Study Finds

Young people with autism and intellectual disability account for a burgeoning number of those prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests.

June 17, 2016

Living

Amid Outrage, ‘Special Ed’s’ Considers Name Change

A brewery that sparked outrage for its name, slogan and merchandise appearing to mock people with disabilities was vandalized, even as an owner said he was considering a name change.

June 17, 2016

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Education

Schools Reminded Not To Delay Special Ed Evaluations


Jordan Allison, 21, who has autism, works as a swatch and button specialist in the special order department at Hart Schaffner Marx in Des Plaines, Ill. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Money

Companies Find Hiring Those On The Spectrum Has Vast Benefits

A nearly 130-year-old clothier that counts President Barack Obama as a client is among a growing crop of employers retooling to incorporate a greatly underutilized segment of the workforce.

June 15, 2016

Education

Supreme Court Considers Whether To Address FAPE

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh in on a case questioning how much educational benefit schools must provide in order to satisfy the requirements of IDEA.

June 14, 2016

As part of an update this fall to Apple Watch, wheelchair users will gain the ability to track their fitness level. (Apple)

Health & Behavior

Apple Adding Accessibility Features

Apple is introducing new features designed to help people with disabilities be more physically active.

June 14, 2016

Living

New Brewery — Special Ed’s — Sparks Uproar

With slogans like "'tard tested, 'tard approved" and "ride the short bus to special beer," a new brewery is facing sharp criticism even before making its first bottles available.

June 14, 2016

Gerard Fobes, 45, has Down syndrome and plans to participate in research looking at why people with the chromosomal disorder are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and do so at younger ages. (Sam Gangwer/Orange County Register/TNS)

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Link Seen As Key To Understanding Alzheimer’s

People with Down syndrome are not only more susceptible to Alzheimer's disease, but they experience onset at younger ages. The hunt is on to understand why.

June 13, 2016

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Autism

FTC Cracks Down On Company Making Autism Claims


Education

Despite Smarts, Few On The Spectrum College-Bound

Students with autism are often as smart or smarter than their peers, but they go to college in far fewer numbers. One program is looking to change that.

June 10, 2016
Self-advocates Loretta Claiborne and Ricardo Thornton alongside comedian Gary Owen and self-advocate Frank Stephens met this week in Washington, D.C. to discuss Owen's Showtime comedy special. (Special Olympics)

Living

‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine Pulled From Showtime

After being blasted by disability advocates, a comic who repeatedly used the word "retard" and mocked people with intellectual disability as part of a Showtime special has removed the content.

June 9, 2016
Home care worker Shawntel Harry helps her client, Linda Wolford, get ready for work. Many people with disabilities are struggling to maintain the level of assistance they need since a new federal rule took effect requiring minimum wage and overtime pay for caregivers. (Glenn Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Living

New Home Care Rule Intensifies Caregiver Shortage

A new federal labor rule that was heralded as a victory for home health workers has aggravated a severe shortage of caregivers in some areas, disrupting care for people with disabilities.

June 8, 2016
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