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Ed Department Ramps Up Disability Related Compliance Reviews

With a slew of new actions and additional resources, federal education officials are taking steps to ensure that students with disabilities and their families can access school services.

May 24, 2022
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Autism Prevalence Rising Globally

It's not just the U.S. New research finds that autism prevalence is growing around the world and experts say that shows progress.

May 19, 2022
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Feds Warn Employers Against Disability Discrimination

Increasingly common methods employers are using to select new hires, judge performance and determine pay or promotions may discriminate against people with disabilities, federal officials say.

May 16, 2022

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Ed Department To Update Disability Regulations

Federal education officials say they plan to revise regulations for one of the main laws affecting students with disabilities after leaving them largely untouched for 45 years.

May 11, 2022
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Supreme Court Decision Weakens Disability Rights, Advocates Say

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision chips away at disability rights, advocates say, by making it harder to bring claims under some of the nation's anti-discrimination laws.

May 9, 2022
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Senators Want To Raise SSI Asset Limits

A bipartisan push is underway on Capitol Hill to update a major facet of the Supplemental Security Income program for the first time in over 30 years.

May 5, 2022

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End To Public Health Emergency Could Have Consequences For People With Disabilities

As the focus on COVID-19 fades and the federal government eyes an end to the emergency status that the pandemic triggered, officials are warning that big changes are coming for disability programs.

May 2, 2022

Ed Department Cracks Down On Special Ed Failures During COVID-19

Advocates say an agreement with one of the nation's largest school districts over its failure to provide services during the pandemic should prompt other districts to re-examine their actions too.

April 29, 2022
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Pediatricians Get New Guidance On Caring For Kids With Down Syndrome

The nation's pediatricians are getting updated advice on how to provide the best care for children with Down syndrome from when they are still in utero through early adulthood.

April 25, 2022

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Feds Reverse Course On Alzheimer’s Drug After Outcry From Down Syndrome Advocates

Federal officials are backing off a plan that would have kept people with Down syndrome from accessing a new Alzheimer's treatment even though they're predisposed to the disease.

April 18, 2022
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Senators Say Social Security Needs A Beneficiary Advocate

Much like there is a taxpayer advocate at the IRS, a group of senators say that Social Security beneficiaries — including those with disabilities — deserve a voice at that agency too.

April 12, 2022
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Biden Administration Expanding Program That Helps People Leave Institutions

After years of uncertainty, a popular Medicaid program that helps people with disabilities leave institutions for community-based living is set to grow.

April 7, 2022

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