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Service Providers Turn To Washington For Help

Disability providers are looking to Congress for a substantial boost in funding over the next three years as they cope with new mandates that many worry could force service cuts.

August 23, 2016

Millions Headed To States For Special Ed Training

The U.S. Department of Education is shelling out millions in funding to help recruit and train teachers and administrators serving children with disabilities.

August 19, 2016

Regulations Broaden Who’s Covered Under ADA

The U.S. Department of Justice is issuing new regulations significantly expanding who's covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

August 16, 2016

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New Rules Designed To Curtail Subminimum Wage Employment

New federal rules are taking effect that will impose strict limits on people with disabilities being paid less than minimum wage.

August 11, 2016
As the new school year gets underway, the U.S. Department of Education is reminding districts that they must consider behavior supports when crafting IEPs for students with disabilities. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Schools Told Not To Skimp On Behavior Supports

Frequent discipline may be a sign that kids with disabilities are not receiving FAPE, according to new federal guidance reminding schools of their obligations to provide behavior supports.

August 9, 2016

States Urged To Strengthen Community-Based Options

Federal Medicaid officials are pushing states to do more to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the care they need in order to remain in the community.

August 5, 2016

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Max Vento stars as Joe Hughes in "The A Word," which will return for a second season next year on SundanceTV. (Rory Mulvey/SundanceTV)

TV Drama Focused On Autism Renewed

A television show built around the story of a family dealing with their child's autism diagnosis will return with more episodes.

August 4, 2016
Bob and Suzanne Wright at an Autism Speaks event in Los Angeles in October 2015. Suzanne Wright died Friday of pancreatic cancer. (Autism Speaks/Mathew Imaging)

Autism Speaks Co-Founder Dies At 69

Suzanne Wright, a co-founder of the nation's largest autism advocacy group, has died.

August 1, 2016
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

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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
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

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