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Congress Weighs Stimulus Checks For Those With Disabilities, Funds For Services

A $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan in the U.S. Senate includes a major investment in home- and community-based services and stimulus payments for more people with disabilities.

March 4, 2021

Lack Of Virus Data On People With Intellectual Disabilities ‘Comes With A Body Count’

People with IDD are more vulnerable to COVID-19. But a lack of federal tracking means no one knows how many of these individuals in group housing have fallen ill or died from the virus.

March 3, 2021

Parents Wait Or Drive Across State For Autism Therapy

Lawmakers in one state are moving to eliminate a barrier to behavioral health care, a change that backers say would greatly improve access to therapy for children with autism.

March 2, 2021

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CDC Urged To Prioritize COVID-19 Vaccines For People With Developmental Disabilities

With access to COVID-19 vaccines varying dramatically for people with developmental disabilities, advocates want the CDC to update its plan to account for the high risk this population faces.

March 1, 2021
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Biobank Poised To Transform Down Syndrome Research

A first-of-its-kind effort is underway to collect biological samples from people with Down syndrome in a bid to improve care and outcomes for those with chromosomal disorder.

February 26, 2021
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Institutions Serving Those With IDD Get New COVID-19 Guidance

Nearly a year after institutions serving people with developmental disabilities locked down, federal officials are spelling out how and when these facilities should reopen to visitors.

February 25, 2021

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Group Homes Left To Fend For Themselves In Quest For Vaccines

The leaders of some group homes have made hundreds of phone calls, sent staff driving hours and cut deals with anybody they could to secure COVID-19 vaccines for their staff and clients.

February 22, 2021
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Despite High Risk, Access To COVID-19 Vaccines Uneven For Those With IDD

People with developmental disabilities are at significantly greater risk of dying from COVID-19, but whether or not individuals have access to vaccines is coming down to where they live.

February 18, 2021

CDC, Ed Department Issue Guidance On Reopening Schools To Students With Disabilities

Federal officials are laying out a roadmap for safely reopening schools to in-person learning complete with details on how to serve students with disabilities.

February 15, 2021

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Senators Call On Biden To Uphold Promise To Expand Community-Based Services

Dozens of U.S. senators are urging President Joe Biden to make good on his campaign proposal to invest $450 billion in Medicaid home- and community-based services.

February 12, 2021

Doctors Overwhelmingly Harbor Negative Views Of Those With Disabilities, Study Finds

The vast majority of doctors across the nation believe that people with significant disabilities have worse quality of life than others, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

February 8, 2021

Kids Coping With Mental Disorders Spiral As Pandemic Topples Support Systems

Many children with serious emotional or behavioral difficulties depend on schools for vital therapies. When schools and doctors stopped providing in-person services, kids became untethered.

February 2, 2021

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