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House OKs COVID-19 Relief Plan With More Payments For People With Disabilities

A fresh round of stimulus checks for people with disabilities and billions for home- and community-based services are part of a $3 trillion relief bill that faces an uncertain future.

May 18, 2020
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CDC Researchers: Over 5 Million US Adults Have Autism

For the first time ever, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are estimating the number of American adults who have autism.

May 13, 2020
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COVID-19 Cases At Group Homes, Institutions Going Untracked

With no official government tally, one group is working to identify how many people with disabilities have contracted or died from coronavirus while living in congregate settings.

May 11, 2020

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Hospital No-Visitor Policies Endanger People With Disabilities, Advocates Say

Disability advocates are alarmed that no-visitor policies are forcing people with developmental disabilities — including those who are nonverbal — to go it alone at hospitals across the nation.

May 8, 2020
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Disability Service Providers Struggling To Stay Afloat Amid COVID-19

Service providers nationwide are contending with lost revenues, higher costs and new challenges as they work to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

May 4, 2020
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UN Calls For Better Protections For Those With Disabilities During Pandemic

Governments should consider several steps including removing people with disabilities from institutions and granting COVID-19 testing priority, according to guidance from the United Nations.

May 1, 2020

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

DeVos Finds ‘No Reason’ To Waive Key Provisions Of IDEA

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will not seek changes to the central tenets of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

April 28, 2020
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Disability Advocates Say Billions Needed For Community-Based Services

As federal lawmakers weigh another coronavirus relief bill, disability advocates say nothing could be more important than increasing funding for home- and community-based services.

April 27, 2020
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Feds Urged To Prevent COVID-19 Disability Discrimination

The Trump administration is being pushed to ensure that people with disabilities aren't illegally denied health care during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 24, 2020

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HBO To Spotlight Young Adults With Autism

A documentary following the lives of five people with autism who are on the cusp of adulthood is headed to television.

April 21, 2020
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Stimulus Checks Now Automatic For People On SSI

Under pressure from advocates and lawmakers, federal officials now say that people with disabilities will no longer need to take any extra steps to receive their economic stimulus payments.

April 16, 2020
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

DeVos Could Recommend Waiving IDEA Protections

As schools remain closed due to COVID-19, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is weighing whether they should be temporarily freed of some of their special education obligations.

April 13, 2020

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