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Advocates Reflect On FDA Overturning Ban On Electric Shock Devices

Disability advocates have been fighting the use electric shock devices for decades. In 2020, they got a win when the FDA banned the devices, but earlier this month that ban was overturned.

July 27, 2021
U.S. Capitol

Disability Advocates Warn $400 Billion Community-Based Services Plan Could Get Chopped

An ambitious Biden administration plan to invest $400 billion to transform home and community-based services and get people with disabilities off waiting lists is in jeopardy, advocates say.

July 23, 2021

OSHA Cites Group Homes For COVID-19 Worker Deaths

A group home operator failed to protect its employees from exposure to COVID-19, federal regulators found after investigating the deaths of two workers following outbreaks at its facilities.

July 13, 2021

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Court Throws Out FDA Ban On Shock Devices For Those With Developmental Disabilities

A federal appeals court has overturned an FDA ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with disabilities, allowing the devices to continue to be used to address behaviors.

July 12, 2021
Supreme Court building

Disability Groups Call Supreme Court Ruling On Affordable Care Act A Victory

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act is a big win for people with disabilities, advocates say.

June 21, 2021

Firmer Accessibility Standards Sought For Health Care

Doctors' offices are supposed to be accessible to people with disabilities, but rules outlining what that means are going unenforced. Now, an independent federal agency is calling for change.

June 18, 2021

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In One School District, 1 In 14 Third Graders Has Autism

New Jersey's rate of autism has long been among the highest in the country and in one school district there, the rate is more than twice the state average.

June 18, 2021
Child and parents

Some Kids In Long-Term Care Facilities Didn’t See Parents For More Than A Year

Advocates and parents say visitation policies at some pediatric long-term care facilities during the pandemic may have caused lasting harm to kids already considered medically fragile.

June 17, 2021
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Feds Launch Hotline To Help People With Disabilities Access COVID-19 Vaccines

A new push is underway to help more people with disabilities get vaccinated against COVID-19.

June 14, 2021

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Pediatricians Urged To Avoid Certain Tests For Kids With Autism

Pediatricians and families are being urged to think twice before going forward with a handful of clinical tests for kids with autism and other disabilities.

June 11, 2021

FDA Approves Device To Help Detect Autism

Federal regulators authorized a first-of-its-kind device to help doctors determine whether a child has autism, potentially allowing kids to be diagnosed sooner by avoiding waits for specialists.

June 7, 2021
President Joe Biden at podium

Biden’s Budget Includes Boost To Special Ed, Disability Services

With his $6 trillion budget, President Joe Biden is cementing his resolve to significantly expand the nation's investment in home and community-based services for people with disabilities.

June 2, 2021

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