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Genetic Testing ‘Strongly Recommended’ For Kids With Intellectual Disability

A new recommendation from a leading medical association is urging children with intellectual disability, developmental delay and other congenital anomalies to undergo genetic testing.

July 30, 2021
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On ADA Anniversary, Biden Recommits To Disability Rights

President Joe Biden used a White House ceremony marking the anniversary of the ADA to push his plans to spend billions on home and community-based services and end subminimum wage.

July 27, 2021
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Disability Advocates Warn $400 Billion Community-Based Services Plan Could Get Chopped

An ambitious Biden administration plan to invest $400 billion to transform home and community-based services and get people with disabilities off waiting lists is in jeopardy, advocates say.

July 23, 2021

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Most States Struggling To Fulfill IDEA Requirements

More than half of states are falling behind in meeting their responsibilities to students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, federal officials say.

July 20, 2021
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Senators Eye Greater Scrutiny Of Guardianships

Inspired by the case of Britney Spears, a pair of senators want the government to increase oversight and produce more information about guardianships and conservatorships across the country.

July 16, 2021
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Ed Department To Release Extra IDEA Funds, New Guidance

Schools across the country are set to receive billions of dollars — and some new guidance — to help meet the needs of students with disabilities amid the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 13, 2021

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Federal Autism Committee To Reconvene After Going Dark For 2 Years

For the first time in years, a federal panel tasked with guiding the nation's priorities on autism is set to meet.

June 28, 2021
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Biden Plan To Boost Disability Services In Limbo

President Joe Biden's effort to get people with disabilities off waiting lists by infusing billions into Medicaid home and community-based services looks stalled, but it may soon get new life.

June 25, 2021
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Disability Groups Call Supreme Court Ruling On Affordable Care Act A Victory

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act is a big win for people with disabilities, advocates say.

June 21, 2021

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Firmer Accessibility Standards Sought For Health Care

Doctors' offices are supposed to be accessible to people with disabilities, but rules outlining what that means are going unenforced. Now, an independent federal agency is calling for change.

June 18, 2021
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Freddie Mac To Support Housing For Those With IDD

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac is planning to issue millions of dollars in "social bonds" to support housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the country.

June 15, 2021
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Pediatricians Urged To Avoid Certain Tests For Kids With Autism

Pediatricians and families are being urged to think twice before going forward with a handful of clinical tests for kids with autism and other disabilities.

June 11, 2021

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