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Schools Fail To Curtail Restraint, Seclusion Of Students With Disabilities

New federal data shows that educators are continuing to rely on restraint and seclusion to address behavior issues among students with disabilities in the nation's schools.

October 22, 2020
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Federal Agency Recommends Ending Government Disability Jobs Program

An independent federal agency says it's time for a decades-old government jobs program for people with disabilities to come to an end.

October 19, 2020
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Heart, Lung, Diabetic Conditions More Common In Adults On The Spectrum

Adults with autism are up to four times more likely than others to have chronic physical health conditions, new research suggests, and lifestyle factors don't appear to be the reason why.

October 16, 2020

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IRS Issues Final Rules For ABLE Accounts

Federal officials are firming up rules for a relatively new type of account that allows people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits.

October 12, 2020
President Donald Trump walks with Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Disability Groups Oppose Supreme Court Nominee

With confirmation hearings set to begin for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, dozens of advocacy groups say her record suggests that she would be a threat to disability rights.

October 9, 2020
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Ed Department Reminds Schools Of IDEA Obligations During Pandemic

With an unprecedented school year underway, federal officials are weighing in yet again on how educators ought to be serving students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 5, 2020

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Federal Autism Committee Goes Dark

A long-established federal autism advisory committee charged with coordinating the government's activities related to the developmental disorder has been defunct for the last year.

September 29, 2020
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Trump Administration Pushing Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

Medicaid officials are looking to "jump-start efforts" to move people with disabilities from institutions to community-based settings and they're offering up millions of dollars to do so.

September 25, 2020
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ginsburg Remembered For Impact On Disability Rights

Best known for standing up for women's rights, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also played an outsized role in ensuring the rights of people with disabilities, advocates say.

September 22, 2020

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Government Agency Recommends Ending Subminimum Wage

A federal civil rights commission is calling for an end to a policy that allows people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage describing the program as "rife with abuse."

September 18, 2020
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Genetic Testing Can Make Big Difference For Individuals With Autism, Study Finds

Many families of children with autism forgo recommended genetic tests after receiving a diagnosis and that's a mistake, researchers say.

September 17, 2020
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Hopes Fade For Coronavirus Relief For People With Disabilities

Another round of stimulus checks and long-sought funding to ease the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on home- and community-based services are looking increasingly uncertain.

September 14, 2020

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