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Senate COVID-19 Relief Proposal Overlooks Disability Community, Advocates Say

As negotiations begin in earnest on Capitol Hill for another coronavirus relief bill, advocates are warning that the needs of people with disabilities are on the verge of being ignored again.

July 30, 2020

Strangers Send Man With Down Syndrome Cards, Letters While He Awaits Transplant

Born with Down syndrome and cardiac defects, Joe Eitl needs a heart transplant. Until that day comes, thousands of cards and letters received from friends and strangers alike keep him going.

July 28, 2020
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Biden Calls For End To Waiting Lists For Medicaid Waivers

With a new $775 billion plan, former Vice President Joe Biden says he wants to eliminate the wait for Medicaid home- and community-based services while increasing support for caregivers.

July 23, 2020

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Coronavirus Forcing Occupational Therapy To Go Virtual

Health care providers across the country have turned to telehealth as of late and the experience of an infant with cerebral palsy shows the approach could be beneficial even outside of a pandemic.

July 21, 2020
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Citing The Pandemic, Feds Delay New Medicaid Waiver Rule

The Trump administration is holding off on implementing a Medicaid rule establishing a new standard for what counts as home- and community-based services for people with disabilities.

July 16, 2020

Mom Equips Ambulances With Sensory Kits To Help Children With Autism

An EMT who has a son with severe autism has developed sensory kits to help kids on the spectrum cope with the flashing lights, sirens and other stimuli of an ambulance ride.

July 14, 2020

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Group Home Residents With Developmental Disabilities More Likely To Die From COVID-19

People with developmental disabilities who live in group homes are significantly more likely than others to contract the coronavirus and die from it, a new study finds.

July 13, 2020
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Trump Administration Weighs In On Disability Services Amid COVID-19

New guidance continues to flow from the federal government advising states on Medicaid and special education services in light of the pandemic.

July 10, 2020

Protections Affirmed For Patients With Disabilities During Pandemic

Federal civil rights officials are further asserting that people with disabilities should receive medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic that's free of discrimination and stereotypes.

July 9, 2020

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Man’s Coronavirus Death Raising Questions About Care For People With Disabilities

Disability rights advocates said they have concerns that a man with disabilities died because a hospital did not value his life as much as an able-bodied person's.

July 7, 2020

Early Intervention Experts Worry The Pandemic Has Hurt Kids With Special Needs

Referrals to early intervention services have plummeted as the COVID-19 pandemic has kept children from day care and other places where concerns about developmental delays often emerge.

June 25, 2020

Disability Advocates File Complaint Over Barriers To COVID-19 Testing

A number of organizations have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services alleging that many people with disabilities can't get tested for COVID-19.

June 23, 2020

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