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David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks, and Gary Levine, the company's president of programming, speak at an executive panel earlier this year in Pasadena, Calif. Showtime has come under fire from disability advocates for airing programming mocking people with special needs. (Eric Charbonneau/AP Invision for Showtime)

Showtime Under Fire For Airing ‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine

Showtime is taking heat for a comedy special it's airing that includes repeated use of the word "retard" and mocking of people with intellectual disability.

April 27, 2016
A young man with autism is pictured in the bedroom he rents at a home in California. Despite an increasing number of people on the spectrum entering adulthood, only a small portion of research dollars are focused on the needs of this population. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Autism Research Puts Limited Focus On Services, Lifespan Issues

A new federal report finds that fewer dollars are going toward studying services and the needs of those on the spectrum as they age.

April 26, 2016
The FDA wants to ban electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior citing an "unreasonable and substantial" risk to public health. (FDA/Flickr)

FDA Moves To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

The FDA is moving forward with plans to ban devices used to administer electric shocks to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

April 22, 2016

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Project Aims To Collect DNA From 50,000 With Autism

An unprecedented new effort aims to collect genetic information from tens of thousands with autism and their families in order to learn about the disorder's causes and treatment potential.

April 21, 2016

Study: Autism Costs More Than Double As People Age

State spending on adults with autism is dramatically higher than for children, according to a new analysis that may offer hints of what's to come as more people on the spectrum grow up.

April 19, 2016

Autism Wandering Bill Gains Momentum In Congress

Federal legislation addressing the needs of kids with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander is one step closer to becoming law.

April 15, 2016

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Advocates with the disability-rights group ADAPT were arrested while demonstrating outside the White House on Monday. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Disability Advocates Arrested At White House

Dozens of disability rights activists were arrested Monday amid a series of protests in the nation's capital calling for greater access to community-based services.

April 11, 2016
A civil rights commission in Florida has found "reasonable cause" in responding to complaints from three families who alleged that Disney's disability access policy does not appropriately accommodate their children's special needs. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Disney Again Faulted Over Disability Access Policy

As dozens of lawsuits are readied for trial, a civil rights commission has found reason to believe that Disney has not adequately accommodated theme park visitors with disabilities.

April 8, 2016
A new advertising campaign is calling on Hollywood insiders to rethink critical references to disabilities in movies and other media. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Ad Campaign Targets Hollywood Disability References

With a new advertising campaign, a disability advocacy group is putting Hollywood on notice that it's not acceptable to mock people with disabilities.

April 5, 2016

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Behavior therapist Kim Wagaman works with young people on the spectrum. New CDC data indicates that autism prevalence remains at 1 in 68 children. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

CDC Finds No Change In Autism Prevalence

For the first time in over a decade, new federal autism statistics suggest that prevalence of the developmental disorder is steady.

March 31, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said this week that she wants to see people with disabilities earning at least minimum wage. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Clinton Calls For End To Subminimum Wage

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is speaking out about sheltered workshops and the practice of paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage.

March 30, 2016
A staffer at a New Jersey group home lifts a resident from her bed. Agencies that help support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in the community are concerned that a proposed federal rule expanding overtime eligibility for many professionals in the industry could be detrimental. (Tyson Trish/The Record/TNS)

Disability Providers Warn Overtime Rule May Impact Services

A federal proposal to require overtime pay for many professionals who support people with disabilities living in the community could force service cuts, providers say.

March 29, 2016

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