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Public Comment Sought On Nation’s Autism Plan

Federal officials are looking for feedback from the public as a key panel works to update the government's autism agenda for the first time in years.

October 19, 2021
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Social Security, SSI Benefits Will Increase By Largest Amount In Decades

People with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income and other Social Security benefits are set to see the biggest rise in their monthly payments since 1982.

October 13, 2021
COVID-19 shot administered

CDC: People With Disabilities Want COVID-19 Vaccines, But Struggle To Get Them

People with disabilities are less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19, new research suggests, but it's not because they are reluctant to do so.

October 11, 2021

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Uncertainty Surrounds Biden Plan To Boost Disability Services

With President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion plan to expand the nation's social safety net being chopped, disability advocates are fighting to keep a massive investment in Medicaid waivers alive.

October 8, 2021
U.S. Department of Education building

Ed Department Issues Guidance On IEPs During Pandemic

Federal officials say that IEP teams must consider everything from goals to masks to compensatory education to ensure that students with disabilities are provided FAPE during the pandemic.

October 5, 2021
A caregiver assists a man with autism.

Survey Finds Disability Service Providers On The Brink

Disability service providers across the nation are in crisis, with a majority reporting that they're shutting down programs, turning away new referrals and struggling to maintain standards.

October 1, 2021

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Nurse holds syringe

People With IDD, DSPs May Qualify For COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

The CDC's endorsement of a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for certain Americans means many people with developmental disabilities are now eligible for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

September 27, 2021
Hospital room

Study: Among Vaccinated, Those With Down Syndrome Face Highest Risk From COVID-19

People with Down syndrome are the most likely of all vaccinated adults to die from COVID-19, new research suggests.

September 24, 2021
FDA

FDA Wants Court To Reconsider Ban On Shock Devices For Those With IDD

The Food and Drug Administration is fighting back after a federal court overturned its ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

September 21, 2021

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U.S. Capitol

Congress May Halve Biden’s $400 Billion Plan To Boost Disability Services

President Joe Biden proposed a massive $400 billion investment in Medicaid home and community-based services earlier this year, but now Congress is considering less than half that amount.

September 17, 2021
President Joe Biden at podium

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Could Impact Services For Those With IDD

A sweeping new Biden administration plan to require many workers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations may have implications for individuals with disabilities and the people who support them.

September 13, 2021
Walking across street

Disability Service Providers Shuttering In Many States

Half of states are reporting that Medicaid home and community-based services providers have closed since the start of the pandemic, with many seeing multiple types of services shut their doors.

September 10, 2021

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