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Trump Education Pick Seemingly ‘Confused’ About IDEA

Under sharp questioning from senators, the nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education suggested that it should be up to states to decide whether schools must follow the IDEA.

January 18, 2017

Justice Department Pushes Law Enforcement On ADA Compliance

Federal officials are highlighting the responsibilities of everyone from police to courts and attorneys in ensuring that people with developmental disabilities are treated fairly.

January 17, 2017

Feds Set Disability Hiring Quota

With a new hiring goal, the federal government plans to use affirmative action to grow the number of people with disabilities on its payroll.

January 13, 2017

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Residents at a group home

Wandering Poses Challenges For New Medicaid Waiver Rules

Federal officials are chiming in on how to balance independence and safety for people with disabilities who have a tendency to wander.

January 10, 2017

Schools Get Guidance On Restraint, Seclusion

Before leaving office, the Obama administration is releasing a flurry of guidance related to the rights of students with disabilities in the nation's schools.

January 6, 2017

New Law Expands Access To Special Needs Trusts

Tucked inside a larger bill signed by President Barack Obama this week is a tweak to federal law that's designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to save money.

December 16, 2016

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer

Wandering Bill Falls Short

Controversial, last-minute changes proved too much for a bill designed to provide tracking devices and other resources to those with developmental disabilities at risk of wandering.

December 13, 2016
U.S. Capitol

Autism Tracking Device Bill Clears House

Legislation that would provide tracking devices and resources to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is one step closer to becoming federal law.

December 9, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court

FAPE Case Draws Flurry Of Attention

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider how much educational benefit schools must provide students with disabilities, everyone from lawmakers to states and advocates are weighing in.

December 6, 2016

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A boy with autism

Fate Of Wandering Bill In Limbo

A last-minute twist that caught advocates by surprise is threatening to derail legislation to create new federal resources for those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

December 1, 2016
Ford headquarters

Ford Expands Autism Hiring Initiative

Just months after launching a pilot program aimed at hiring people on the spectrum, a major American automaker is looking to ramp up the effort.

November 29, 2016
Aerial view of neighborhood

Cities Warned On Restricting Group Homes

Homes where people with disabilities live should not face requirements or conditions different from those where typically-developing individuals reside, according to new federal guidance.

November 18, 2016

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