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David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks, and Gary Levine, the company's president of programming, speak at an executive panel earlier this year in Pasadena, Calif. Showtime has come under fire from disability advocates for airing programming mocking people with special needs. (Eric Charbonneau/AP Invision for Showtime)

Showtime Under Fire For Airing ‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine

Showtime is taking heat for a comedy special it's airing that includes repeated use of the word "retard" and mocking of people with intellectual disability.

April 27, 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.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

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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

‘Bachelor Pad’ Offers Independence For Men With Down Syndrome

Facing a waiting list 12,000 deep to get their adult children into a state certified group home, the parents of seven young men with Down syndrome decided to create their own.

March 24, 2016

YouTube Fame Draws Attention To Special Ed Dispute

An otherwise ordinary court case centering on the rights of a 10-year-old with Down syndrome is garnering attention from people around the globe who watch the girl and her brother on YouTube.

March 15, 2016

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Bonnie King, right, helps her daughter Kory Mitchell, who has Down syndrome, put on makeup before cheering at a basketball game. Surveys indicate that families largely have positive feelings about having a member with Down syndrome. (Michael Ciaglo/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS)

Positivity Prevails Among Those Touched By Down Syndrome

In the vast majority of cases, a new analysis finds that parents and siblings of those with Down syndrome report positive feelings about having a family member with the chromosomal disorder.

March 9, 2016

Study Offers Clues To Down Syndrome, Possible Treatment

A genetic abnormality in the brain could be integral to Down syndrome, researchers say in a finding that could point to new treatment options for those with the chromosomal disorder.

February 26, 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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Girl With Down Syndrome Sues ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrity

The family of a girl with Down syndrome is seeking millions from a "Dancing with the Stars" cast member after he allegedly shared a misappropriated photo and defamed her on social media.

February 2, 2016

Motor Home At Center Of Accommodation Dispute

The parents of a woman with severe disabilities are suing after their HOA refused to allow them to park a motor home they bought to take their daughter to medical appointments.

January 20, 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

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