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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
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

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
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

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

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School classroom

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
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Caps Would Pinch Medicaid For Decades To Come

Cuts to Medicaid — the primary source of supports for millions with disabilities — would continue for decades under a U.S. Senate proposal to cap the program, a nonpartisan analysis finds.

June 30, 2017
Medicaid

With Billions In Proposed Cuts, Medicaid Waivers May Be At Risk

The health care proposal in the U.S. Senate would slash $772 billion from Medicaid in the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said, seriously compromising disability services.

June 27, 2017

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A protester with the disability rights group ADAPT is escorted by police

Disability Services Threatened Under Proposed Cuts To Medicaid

Funding for community-based services and other supports for people with developmental disabilities would be in jeopardy under a U.S. Senate proposal to radically alter Medicaid.

June 23, 2017
A supporter of the Affordable Care Act holds a sign during a rally

Disability Advocates Push Back On Health Bill As Vote Looms

Advocates are working furiously to oppose a health care bill that they say would bring devastating cuts to services and supports that people with disabilities rely on.

June 20, 2017

Fever During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Odds

Expectant mothers who have a fever during pregnancy are significantly more likely to have a child with autism, new research suggests.

June 16, 2017

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An adult with autism watches television in his apartment

Many Adults With Autism Struggling Even With Services

State-provided disability services often fail to meet the needs of adults with autism, according to a new report finding many with access to supports don't have any regular daytime activities.

June 13, 2017
Brain scans

Autism Detectable In Infants, Study Suggests

Long before an official diagnosis, a single brain scan at 6 months of age may be able to predict with near perfect accuracy which babies will develop autism.

June 8, 2017
Police arrest demonstrators in wheelchairs at the U.S. Capitol

Disability Advocates Protest Medicaid Cuts

Dozens of advocacy groups are joining members of Congress to sound alarm bells about proposed cuts to Medicaid, which they say will have severe consequences for people with disabilities.

June 6, 2017

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