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Advocates Seek Urgent Passage Of Wandering Bill

Hoping to harness momentum, disability advocates are pushing Congress to fast-track legislation designed to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering.

August 26, 2016
Julie O'Sullivan helps resident Maggie Martin with her hair as Misericordia employee Rebecca Muzemil plays Candy Land with resident Geri Wisniewski, left, at Quinlan Terrace. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Aging Poses New Challenges For Those With Special Needs

Service providers are scrambling to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities who are living longer than ever before.

August 1, 2016
The second season of the A&E series "Born This Way" premieres Tuesday. In addition to the seven young adults with Down syndrome the series follows, upcoming episodes will also feature "new friends within their community," A&E said. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

Down Syndrome Reality Show Winning Accolades And Fans

Riding high on a wave of success, a reality show all about a group of adults with Down syndrome is set to return to television.

July 26, 2016

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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
Gerard Fobes, 45, has Down syndrome and plans to participate in research looking at why people with the chromosomal disorder are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and do so at younger ages. (Sam Gangwer/Orange County Register/TNS)

Down Syndrome Link Seen As Key To Understanding Alzheimer’s

People with Down syndrome are not only more susceptible to Alzheimer's disease, but they experience onset at younger ages. The hunt is on to understand why.

June 13, 2016
Austin Underwood stands next to his food truck, which will serve specialty hot dogs in Fort Worth, Texas. (Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Teleram/TNS)

Chef With Down Syndrome Opens Food Truck

A rolling restaurant serving up hot dogs with inventive toppings such as "dawg sauce" is helping a 37-year-old with Down syndrome fulfill his dreams.

May 9, 2016

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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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