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Feds Weigh In On Medicaid Caregiver Check-In Mandate

Medicaid officials are clarifying a new requirement that care providers electronically check in when assisting people with disabilities, but advocates say the guidance doesn't go far enough.

August 22, 2019
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Trump Extends Program Helping People Leave Institutions

For the third time this year, extra funding will keep alive a program that moves individuals with disabilities from institutions into the community while lawmakers consider a longer-term plan.

August 20, 2019
School desks

IEP Meetings Warrant Time Off From Work, Labor Department Says

A new opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that many parents of kids with disabilities are entitled to take time away from work to attend their child's IEP meetings.

August 16, 2019

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Autism PSA

Why An Autism Group Is Breaking Up With ‘Sesame Street’

PSAs featuring Julia from "Sesame Street" that encourage early autism screening seem innocent enough, but a self-advocacy group says the ads lead unsuspecting parents to harmful information.

August 13, 2019
Autism Speaks PSA

Study Calls For End To ‘High Functioning Autism’ Label

A term often used in both clinical and social settings to denote the capabilities of individuals on the autism spectrum should be consigned to the history books, researchers say.

August 2, 2019
A boy with autism

Justice Department Faces Scrutiny Over Autism Wandering Program

The U.S. Department of Justice is on the hot seat amid attempts to allocate funding intended to address the needs of kids with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander.

July 30, 2019

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U.S. Capitol

House Passes Autism Act

Federal legislation allocating over $1.8 billion in government spending on autism efforts is one step closer to being approved.

July 25, 2019
U.S. Department of Education

Trump Administration Cautioned Against Changing IDEA Policy

Disability advocates and former federal special education officials are warning of possible Trump administration moves to alter policy related to a central tenet of IDEA.

July 22, 2019
U.S. Capitol

House Votes To End Subminimum Wage

For the first time, federal lawmakers have approved legislation that would end a practice allowing employers to pay people with disabilities less than minimum wage.

July 19, 2019

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Polling place

Surge In Voters With Disabilities May Influence 2020 Election

Significantly more people with disabilities cast ballots last year, according to a new report suggesting that this demographic is poised to have a big impact in the 2020 presidential race.

July 16, 2019
School bus

Most States Failing To Meet Requirements Under IDEA

Fewer than half of states are meeting their obligations to properly serve students with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education says.

July 12, 2019
School classroom

Survey Finds Teachers, Paraeducators Largely Unprepared For Students With IEPs

Special educators say that many of the teachers and paraprofessionals who work directly with students with disabilities are ill-prepared to do so.

July 9, 2019

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