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Marilyn Long, left, helps her brother, Jeff Malanoski

NIH Boosts Down Syndrome Research Funding

Federal officials are committing millions of new dollars to Down syndrome research and they say even more money may be on the way.

October 15, 2018
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Ranking Names Best Cities For People With Special Needs

An analysis of more than 180 cities across the country is zeroing in on the best places to live for people with disabilities.

October 11, 2018

Abandoning Restraint And Seclusion Has Unexpected Benefits, Study Finds

A new study finds safety improved and costs went down when a large service provider for people with developmental disabilities decided to move away from using restraint and seclusion.

October 3, 2018

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U.S. Capitol

Special Ed, Disability Programs Spared In Government Budget Deal

The federal government will increase funding for special ed and allocate money to address the needs of caregivers as part of a spending bill that's expected to be signed by the president.

September 28, 2018
Naturalization ceremony

Federal Proposal Would Limit Immigrants With Disabilities

The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that would make it harder for immigrants with disabilities and their families to get a visa or obtain permanent residency in this country.

September 25, 2018
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Netflix Defends Use Of ‘Retarded’

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is defending a segment featuring the word "retarded" that airs on the streaming service saying that such language falls within the bounds of "creative expression."

September 24, 2018

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Jeff Sessions

Justice Department Urged To Address Web Accessibility

Citing growing litigation, a group of senators is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to weigh in on how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies online.

September 19, 2018
U.S. Capitol

Plan To Renew Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions Advances

Lawmakers are pushing forward with plans to renew a federal program that helps people with disabilities move from institutions to community living.

September 17, 2018
Norm Macdonald

Former ‘SNL’ Star In Hot Water Over Down Syndrome Comments

While making the rounds to promote his new show, a former "Saturday Night Live" funnyman is taking heat for using the term "Down syndrome" in a derogatory way.

September 13, 2018

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Actors With Autism Join Netflix Series ‘Atypical’

A Netflix series centering on the experiences of a teen with autism is adding nearly a half-dozen actors on the spectrum to its cast.

September 11, 2018
President Donald Trump

Trump Draws Backlash For Reportedly Using ‘R-Word’

Disability advocates are none too pleased amid reports that President Donald Trump called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded."

September 5, 2018

‘Social Robots’ Show Promise As Autism Intervention

Children with autism could see meaningful social skills gains from working with an interactive robot at home, researchers say.

August 31, 2018

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