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Disability rights advocate Anastasia Somoza who has cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia waves to delegates after speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday. The issue of pay for workers with disabilities is receiving attention in both the Democratic and Republican Party platforms. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Democrats, Republicans Urge End To Subminimum Wage

With all eyes on the race for the White House, both political parties are calling for big change to rules on employing people with disabilities.

July 28, 2016
The second season of the A&E series "Born This Way" premieres Tuesday. In addition to the seven young adults with Down syndrome the series follows, upcoming episodes will also feature "new friends within their community," A&E said. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

Down Syndrome Reality Show Winning Accolades And Fans

Riding high on a wave of success, a reality show all about a group of adults with Down syndrome is set to return to television.

July 26, 2016
Yielding to "market forces," UnitedHealthcare said it plans to include ABA coverage in all of its small and large group health insurance policies starting next year. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

In First, Insurer To Offer ABA Coverage Nationwide

The nation's largest health insurer says it will soon include coverage of applied behavior analysis in every group plan it offers.

July 22, 2016

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Spending on institutional care across the country is being outpaced by funding for community-based services, according to a new analysis of Medicaid allocations for long-term care services during fiscal year 2014. (Thinkstock)

Community Living Spending Continues To Rise

Increasingly, Medicaid dollars are going toward community-based services as opposed to institutional care, but some states are moving in that direction more rapidly than others.

July 19, 2016
A home care worker helps her client get ready for work. Under a recently implemented rule from the U.S. Department of Labor, most caregivers must be paid at least minimum wage and qualify for overtime pay. (Glenn Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Caregiver Wage Rule Here To Stay

With a final court challenge rejected, implementation of an Obama administration rule mandating pay protections for in-home caregivers assisting those with disabilities is proceeding.

July 14, 2016

When It Comes To Special Ed, Majority Of States Miss Mark

Federal education officials are calling out more than half of states for failing to meet their obligations under the nation's special education law.

July 12, 2016

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"The A Word," which finds the Hughes family adapting to 5-year-old Joe's autism diagnosis, begins July 13 on SundanceTV. (Rory Mulvey/Sundance)

Autism At Center Of New TV Drama

One family's experience with a child on the spectrum is at the heart of a drama premiering on television this summer.

June 24, 2016

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

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

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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
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)

‘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

National Data Shows Kids With Disabilities Face Deep Disparities

Students with disabilities are more frequently absent from school and continue to be disciplined at far higher rates than their typically-developing peers, federal officials say.

June 7, 2016

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