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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
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.org)

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
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

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A new advertising campaign is calling on Hollywood insiders to rethink critical references to disabilities in movies and other media. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Ad Campaign Targets Hollywood Disability References

With a new advertising campaign, a disability advocacy group is putting Hollywood on notice that it's not acceptable to mock people with disabilities.

April 5, 2016

Therapy May Lessen Effects Of Cerebral Palsy

Spending time standing on a special vibration plate may lead to stronger bones, better mobility and an improved outlook for those with cerebral palsy, a new study suggests.

March 18, 2016
Three new styles utilizing Nike's FLYEASE system – which is designed to make shoes easier to get on and off for people with disabilities – are on the way for adults and kids. (Nike)

Nike Expands Shoe Line For People With Special Needs

Nike is adding to its lineup of sneakers designed specifically for people with disabilities, with a fresh range of offerings for both kids and adults.

March 16, 2016

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Families Work To Create Integrated Housing Model

A group of families have banded together to turn a tract of land into a neighborhood for people both with and without disabilities, complete with employment options.

March 7, 2016
Nurse Patty Tice, right, moves Morgan Sawyer, 10, to a wheelchair with the help of Morgan's mother, Heather, in Belle Plain, Minn. Morgan, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, spent 21 days in a hospital last fall because her mother could not find enough nurses to provide needed round-the-clock assistance at home. (Jim Gehrz/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Shortage Of Caregivers Leaves Families Scrambling

With home care workers in short supply, families are going to extremes – quitting jobs, cashing out retirement accounts and even turning to hospitals – to care for those with disabilities.

March 4, 2016
Noah's Landing is set to welcome its first residents with developmental disabilities this spring. Backers say the gated community offers a new, affordable housing model for people with special needs. (Noah's Ark of Central Florida)

Once A Pipe Dream, Disability Community Nearing Completion

A gated community that backers say offers a new, affordable housing model for people with developmental disabilities is set to welcome its first residents this spring.

February 16, 2016

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The U.S. Supreme Court is asking for the federal government's take before deciding whether to hear a special education case. (Thinkstock)

Supreme Court Seeks Input On Special Education Matter

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh in as it considers whether to take up a case brought by the family of a girl who sought to bring her service dog to school.

January 21, 2016

Justice Department Intervenes In Housing Discrimination Case

A mother and daughter – both of whom have developmental disabilities – are set to receive a five-figure payout amid claims that they were harassed and pressured to move from their apartment.

January 19, 2016

High Schooler Named Athlete Of Year For Cerebral Palsy Work

Sports Illustrated's first-ever High School Athlete of the Year award is going to a 16-year-old for his cerebral palsy awareness efforts.

December 15, 2015

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