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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case centering on what level of educational benefit public schools must provide children with disabilities under the IDEA. (Thinkstock)

Supreme Court To Weigh FAPE Mandate

For the first time in more than three decades, the U.S. Supreme Court says it will consider how much educational benefit schools must provide students with disabilities under the IDEA.

September 29, 2016
Legislation advanced this month in both houses of Congress that would make small, but meaningful changes to how people with disabilities can save money. (Thinkstock)

Congress Eyes Changes To ABLE Act, Special Needs Trusts

A handful of bills designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to save money are advancing in Congress.

September 27, 2016
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reacts to being introduced by Anastasia Somoza as Clinton arrives onstage for her rally in Orlando, Fla. Somoza, who has cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia, gained acclaim when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

In Rare Move, Clinton Courts Disability Vote

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is making her pitch to people with disabilities, bringing attention to a sizable demographic that's often overlooked on the campaign trail.

September 22, 2016

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Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, stars as J.J. DiMeo on ABC's "Speechless." (Kelsey McNeal/ABC)

Aside From Laughs, ‘Speechless’ Committed To Raising Awareness

As the debut of ABC's "Speechless" brings cerebral palsy to the forefront, those behind the show are looking to help people directly affected by the developmental disability.

September 20, 2016

Self-Advocacy Gets National Push

Efforts to promote self-advocacy among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are getting a major boost with the creation of a first-ever national resource center.

September 16, 2016

Down Syndrome Rates May Be ‘Gross Overestimations,’ Study Finds

A new study looking at the prevalence of Down syndrome over the last 60 years finds that the condition may be far less common than previously thought.

September 13, 2016

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Nearly 20 percent of the American population has a disability, but a new report finds that the top-grossing Hollywood films fail to depict that reality. (Unsplash)

Top Films Seldom Feature Characters With Disabilities

An analysis of last year's 100 top-grossing Hollywood films finds that people with disabilities are rarely portrayed and, when they are, they often have minimal roles.

September 8, 2016
New research suggests that iPad games may offer more than entertainment for kids, potentially serving as a tool to help spot those who are on the autism spectrum. (Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Can iPads Detect Signs Of Autism?

Tracking children's movement patterns while they play iPad games may be enough to identify which kids have autism, researchers say.

September 6, 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice is weighing in on a lawsuit accusing the state of Ohio of failing to provide disability services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Shutterstock)

Waiting List Placements May Violate ADA

Being on a waiting list for community-based services may be evidence enough that an individual with disabilities is at risk for institutionalization, the U.S. Department of Justice says.

August 30, 2016

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Advocates Seek Urgent Passage Of Wandering Bill

Hoping to harness momentum, disability advocates are pushing Congress to fast-track legislation designed to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering.

August 26, 2016

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

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