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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
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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Kyla Kenedy, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler and Minnie Driver star in ABC's "Speechless," which premieres Sept. 21. Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, plays J.J. who is more severely impacted by the developmental disability and is nonverbal. (Nicole Wilder/ABC)

Through Cerebral Palsy, ‘Speechless’ Looks To Get People Talking

The creator of the new ABC comedy "Speechless" is drawing from personal experience growing up with a brother with special needs to show a family that makes things work despite challenges.

September 14, 2016
Emily Criss, who has developmental disabilities, with her mother Elizabeth. An increasing number of aging parents are worried about what will happen to their children when they can no longer care for them. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News/TNS)

States Look To Help Aging Parents Of Those With Disabilities

With an increasing number of aging parents still caring for their adult children with developmental disabilities, some states are taking steps to ease their burden.

August 10, 2016
The cast of ABC's "Speechless" includes Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy, Cedric Yarbrough, Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook and Kyla Kennedy. (ABC/Image Group LA)

ABC’s ‘Speechless’ Striving To Be More Than ‘The Disability Show’

Those behind ABC's new comedy about a family with a child who is nonverbal say they're keenly aware of the potential pitfalls and opportunities in portraying disability on television.

August 8, 2016

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People With Disabilities Denounce Marriage Penalty

Couples are fighting for the right to marry without becoming impoverished or losing important Medicaid-funded services — trade-offs that many with disabilities have long decried as unfair.

July 29, 2016
Preston Rogers, 15, skates at Johnson Spring Park in Rocklin, Calif., with another visitor. Preston takes part in SkateMD, a program that teaches children and teenagers with disabilities to skateboard as a way to motivate and encourage them. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Skateboard Clinic Teaches Kids With Disabilities Life Skills

An innovative new therapy, skateboarding is helping children with developmental disabilities build strength, balance and coordination while also overcoming social anxieties.

July 12, 2016
Ehlena Fry and her goldendoodle, Wonder, photographed in 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether Fry's family can seek damages from a school district that balked at the service dog's presence in the classroom. (Michigan ACLU)

Service Dog Case Headed To Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case of a 12-year-old with cerebral palsy whose family sued after school officials tried to bar the girl from bringing her service dog to class.

July 11, 2016

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Jason Benetti, who has cerebral palsy, will be the play-by-play commentator during a nationally-televised ESPN broadcast of a Major League Baseball game this week. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)

Cerebral Palsy No Barrier For ESPN Broadcaster

A sportscaster with cerebral palsy is getting his shot at the big time this week, calling a nationally-televised Major League Baseball game.

June 21, 2016
ABC's "Speechless" stars Mason Cook as Ray, Kyla Kenedy as Dylan, John Ross Bowie as Jimmy, Minnie Driver as Maya, Micah Fowler as JJ and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth. (Kevin Foley/ABC)

ABC Picks Up Comedy Focusing On Special Needs

A major television network is set to air a comedy about a family with a child who has special needs.

May 16, 2016

Cerebral Palsy Campaign Ad: Empowering Or Exploitive?

Disability activists are split over a U.S. Senate candidate's advertisement that prominently features her adult son who has a disability.

May 6, 2016

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