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A surgeon carries a donated harvested kidney that he is preparing to transplant. Members of Congress are calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidance regarding the rights of people with disabilities seeking organ transplants. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)

Disability No Reason To Deny Organ Transplants, Lawmakers Say

Members of Congress are pressing the Obama administration to issue guidance clarifying that life-saving organ transplants should not be denied because of a person's developmental disability.

October 24, 2016
In a letter to the FDA, members of the U.S. Senate are urging the agency to move "expeditiously" to finalize a rule barring electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior. (FDA/Flickr)

FDA Urged To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

A group of U.S. senators is pushing the FDA to finalize a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

October 20, 2016

SSI Benefits To Increase In 2017

Individuals with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income or other Social Security benefits will see a small increase next year.

October 18, 2016

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Students from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. listen as President Barack Obama speaks during an event to highlight the progress that has been made in recent years to improve education across the country. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Graduation Rate Climbs For Students With Disabilities

Students with disabilities are seeing gains as the nation's high school graduation rate hits an all-time high, federal officials say.

October 18, 2016
Autism Speaks has a new mission statement, which includes a noticeably different tone and no mention of finding a cure for the developmental disorder. (Autism Speaks/Flickr)

Autism Speaks No Longer Seeking Cure

For the first time, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization has revamped its agenda and one notable objective is no more.

October 14, 2016

Bullying Often Triggers Fight Response In Kids With Disabilities

Children with disabilities are more likely than other kids to respond aggressively to bullying, researchers say, and they often attack not only those picking on them, but others as well.

October 11, 2016

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Disability advocacy groups are divided in response to how lawmakers have prioritized a handful of proposals to update the ABLE Act. (Thinkstock)

Proposed Changes To ABLE Act Draw Opposition

In an unusual move, dozens of disability advocacy groups say they're ready to line up against efforts in Congress to expand the ABLE Act over concerns that the changes don't go far enough.

October 6, 2016
Minnie Driver, center, stars on ABC's "Speechless" alongside Mason Cook, left, and Micah Fowler. In the show, Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, plays JJ who is nonverbal. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC)

Citing Strong Viewership, ABC Awards Full Season To ‘Speechless’

Just two episodes in, a television comedy starring a teen with cerebral palsy is proving so popular that network executives are already committing to more.

October 4, 2016
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

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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
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

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