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Autism Wandering Bill Advances In Senate

Federal legislation aimed at providing tracking devices and resources to those with autism and other developmental disabilities who are at risk of wandering is moving forward.

November 17, 2017
The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

FBI Reports Drop In Disability-Related Hate Crimes

Even as the number of reported hate crimes continues to rise, new federal data indicates that incidents targeting people with disabilities are down for the second year in a row.

November 14, 2017

Stem Cells Show Promise For Kids With Cerebral Palsy

New research is adding to evidence that children with cerebral palsy can see meaningful gains from infusions of stem cells from their own cord blood.

November 10, 2017

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A boy with autism stands in the field he wandered into

Congress May Revisit Autism Tracking Devices

Less than a year after fizzling, federal legislation designed to provide tracking devices and resources to those with developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is back on the table.

November 7, 2017
Internal Revenue Service

ABLE Account Limit Set To Rise

The amount of money that people with disabilities can deposit in their ABLE accounts each year without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits is about to increase.

November 3, 2017
Autism Speaks

Revamped Scientific Plan Forthcoming At Autism Speaks

As the nation's largest autism advocacy group works to reshape its scientific agenda, members of the community are urging the nonprofit to prioritize work that affects quality of life.

October 31, 2017

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

DeVos Weighs Changes To Special Ed Rule

The Education Department is reportedly considering delaying or wiping out a rule designed to ensure that children from certain backgrounds aren't unnecessarily placed in special education.

October 26, 2017
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos meeting with President Donald Trump earlier this year

Education Department Defends Rollback Of Special Ed Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education is insisting that its move to withdraw dozens of special education guidance documents will not compromise services for students with disabilities.

October 24, 2017
U.S. Department of Education

Trump Administration Rescinds Special Ed Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education is withdrawing dozens of guidance documents addressing everything from transition to due process as part of an effort to do away with unnecessary regulation.

October 20, 2017

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Social Class May Influence Autism Diagnosis

Even as autism prevalence has increased, new research finds that the likelihood of getting diagnosed with the developmental disorder remains largely tied to socioeconomics.

October 17, 2017
Social Security office

SSI Payments To Increase In 2018

People with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security are set to see their largest rise in benefits in years.

October 13, 2017

Caregivers Act Clears Senate

Legislation to establish a federal strategy to address the needs of family caregivers — including those supporting people with developmental disabilities — is gaining steam.

October 10, 2017

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