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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

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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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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