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South Dakota is relying far too much on nursing homes to care for people with disabilities, according to the Justice Department. (Thinkstock)

Feds: Relying On Nursing Homes For Those With Disabilities Not OK

The Obama administration is threatening legal action after an investigation found a state unnecessarily relying on nursing homes to provide disability services in violation of the ADA.

May 3, 2016

New Test May Guide Cerebral Palsy Treatment Options

Kids with cerebral palsy often undergo aggressive surgeries to improve their movement, but now researchers say they have a better idea who is most likely to benefit from such procedures.

April 29, 2016

Special Education Enrollment Rises

An increasing number of American students are reportedly utilizing special education services in the nation's public schools.

April 26, 2016

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Nine states have formed a consortium as they work to develop their ABLE programs. (Thinkstock)

States Band Together On ABLE Accounts

Several states say they will join forces in an effort to offer new accounts that will allow people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.

April 20, 2016
The A&E Network documentary series "Born This Way" is one of six shows that will be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as part of its Television Academy Honors. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

TV Show Honored For Highlighting Down Syndrome

A documentary series following the lives of young people with Down syndrome is getting a special honor from the people behind the Emmy Awards.

April 19, 2016
A $1.125 million grant from Google will help the Center for Discovery develop an add-on to allow manual wheelchairs to be quickly converted into power chairs. (

Google Awards Millions For Disability Initiative

Google is doling out millions of dollars all with an eye toward using technology to increase independence for the world's billion people with disabilities.

April 13, 2016

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Autism Genes May Be In All Of Us, Researchers Say

Genetic variants responsible for autism exist in varying degrees throughout the population – both in those on the spectrum and among typically-developing individuals – a new study suggests.

April 12, 2016
A new review of research on more than a million kids suggests that the amount of time parents wait between pregnancies influences a child's risk of autism and other conditions. (Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Birth Spacing May Influence Autism Risk

Waiting too little or too much time between pregnancies may significantly increase the odds that children will have autism or other developmental disabilities, new research suggests.

April 7, 2016
Elizabeth Criss with her daughter, Emily, who has developmental disabilities. A bill introduced in Congress would help family caregivers remain eligible for Social Security retirement benefits even if they leave their jobs or reduce their work schedule to assist a relative with a disability. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News/TNS)

Bill Seeks Benefit For Caregivers

Family members often take time away from work to care for loved ones with disabilities. Now, a proposal in Congress seeks to ensure that they don't lose out on Social Security for doing so.

April 5, 2016

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Disability Unemployment Rate Sees Improvement

An increasing number of Americans with disabilities are finding work, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

April 1, 2016

ER Visits Double For Adults With ASD

Adults with autism are increasingly showing up in emergency rooms, with a new study finding that such visits more than doubled over a five-year period.

March 29, 2016
A teacher works with students at a charter school in New Jersey. According to a new analysis of federal data, black students and those with disabilities attending charters are more likely to be suspended. (Michael Karas/The Record/TNS)

Students With Disabilities Suspended More Often At Charters

Charter schools are suspending students with disabilities at higher rates and in numbers that outpace traditional public schools, a first-of-its-kind report indicates.

March 25, 2016

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