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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

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
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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

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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

Quest To Make Boy With Down Syndrome A Model Goes Viral

Stunned to learn that photos she submitted of her son with Down syndrome to an OshKosh B'Gosh casting call were never even considered, one mom took action.

October 25, 2016
The team from "Born This Way" accepts the Emmy Award for outstanding unstructured reality program at the Television Academy's 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards earlier this month in Los Angeles. (Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)

New Season Ahead For Down Syndrome Reality Show

Fresh off a big win, a reality show all about the experiences of young people with Down syndrome is getting renewed.

September 28, 2016

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Down Syndrome Rates May Be ‘Gross Overestimations,’ Study Finds

A new study looking at the prevalence of Down syndrome over the last 60 years finds that the condition may be far less common than previously thought.

September 13, 2016
The A&E series "Born This Way," which features seven young adults with Down syndrome, won the Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

‘Born This Way’ Scores Emmy Win

A reality show following the lives of seven young adults with developmental disabilities has come out on top, winning an Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program.

September 12, 2016

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

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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
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

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