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As Institution Becomes Coronavirus Hot Spot, Families Struggle With Separation

At a home for 440-plus people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that contains the largest cluster of COVID-19 cases in Texas, no visitors are allowed and residents must remain.

March 31, 2020
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Trump Administration Says Disability No Reason To Deny COVID-19 Care

The Trump administration is warning states and health care providers not to discriminate against people with disabilities as coronavirus spreads.

March 30, 2020
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CDC: Autism Rate Climbs Again

The number of American children diagnosed with autism is on the rise yet again, according to new government data.

March 26, 2020

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Rationing Care Amounts To Disability Discrimination, Complaint Says

Disability advocates have filed a complaint with a federal civil rights office over guidelines being developed to ration novel coronavirus care if medical facilities get overwhelmed.

March 24, 2020
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Coronavirus Brings Added Worries For People With Disabilities

People with certain developmental disabilities may be more susceptible to severe illness from coronavirus, and with life disrupted, they also face issues getting the supports they need.

March 17, 2020

School District Violating ADA By Barring Behavior Therapist, Suit Claims

The parents of a 9-year-old with autism say their school district is violating the ADA by preventing a behavior therapist from providing their son doctor-prescribed ABA therapy at school.

March 17, 2020

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Feds Weigh In On Special Ed, Medicaid Concerns Over Coronavirus

As coronavirus spreads across the U.S., federal officials are clarifying how schools and state Medicaid agencies should address the needs of those with disabilities.

March 13, 2020

After FDA Ban On Shock Devices, Advocates Seek Public Apology, Reparations

Advocates say that the FDA's decision to bar devices used to shock people with developmental disabilities should prompt a larger conversation about how this was allowed to happen for so long.

March 11, 2020
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Autism Parents May Be At Risk For PTSD

Nearly 1 in 5 parents of kids with autism who participated in a new study had enough symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder to qualify for a provisional diagnosis.

March 10, 2020

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With Self-Direction, People With Disabilities Gain Control

A model known as self-directed Medicaid benefits shifts the balance of power away from insurers and government bureaucrats, empowering individuals with disabilities to make their own choices.

March 10, 2020

FDA Bans Devices Used To Shock Those With Developmental Disabilities

Federal officials are banning devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities citing an "unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury."

March 4, 2020
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A Third Of Pediatricians Still Don’t Do Developmental Screenings

Pediatricians are far more likely to screen children for developmental delays than they were in the early 2000s, but many still fail to follow guidelines recommending that all kids be checked.

March 2, 2020

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