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Australian model and designer Madeline Stuart

Model With Down Syndrome Launches Fashion Line

Little more than a year after making headlines for strutting the runway at New York Fashion Week, a model with Down syndrome is back at the iconic event to debut her own clothing line.

February 14, 2017

Down Syndrome No Barrier For Firefighter

Not everyone was immediately on board when Jason Eagan, who has Down syndrome, said he wanted to become a firefighter. But with persistence, he found his place.

February 3, 2017
Walmart

Walmart Accused Of Disability Discrimination

The EEOC is alleging that the nation's largest private employer violated the ADA by firing a longtime employee with Down syndrome.

January 20, 2017

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Accessory Dwelling Offers Bridge To Independence

Looking for a cost-effective means to help their son with autism and Down syndrome become more independent, one family built a 288-square-foot accessory dwelling unit next to their home.

January 9, 2017
Tony Crawley, left, administers medication through his son Rowan's feeding tube.

Caregiving Costly For Special Needs Families

Families of children with special needs provide billions of dollars in unpaid medical care each year, researchers say, significantly compromising their own ability to earn a living.

January 4, 2017

Walmart, Amazon In Hot Water Over ‘Retard’ Mug

Retailers are taking heat after shoppers noticed a mug with the phrase "got retard?" available for sale.

December 13, 2016

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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

Boy With Down Syndrome Officially A Published Model

After initially being passed over by a talent agency because of his special needs, a young boy with Down syndrome is now front and center in an advertising campaign for OshKosh B'gosh.

December 6, 2016
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

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Family Fights For Down Syndrome Inclusion

The lives of Americans with Down syndrome are very different from a generation ago. Despite the progress, schools and families often differ on how such students should be educated.

November 15, 2016
Toys R Us

Toys R Us Testing Special Needs Accommodations

As the holiday season approaches, a national retailer is exploring ways to make shopping more friendly for kids with special needs and their families.

November 4, 2016

State: Preschool Unlawfully Expelled Girl With Down Syndrome

A state is suing after a preschool allegedly expelled a 3-year-old with Down syndrome because she wasn't potty-trained despite retaining typically-developing students lacking the same skill.

October 27, 2016

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