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Kids On Medicaid Seek Easier Access To Out-Of-State Hospitals

Many state Medicaid programs pay out-of-state providers much less than in-state facilities, often making it hard for families with medically complex children to get the care they seek.

April 9, 2021

People With IDD Can Get COVID-19 Vaccination Help From New Website

To combat what experts deem a public health concern, a website is pointing people with developmental disabilities to trusted resources on COVID-19 vaccines and where to find the shots.

April 6, 2021
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Biden Calls For Major Boost To Disability Services

Alongside funding for bridges and roads, President Joe Biden's wide-ranging $2 trillion infrastructure plan includes a massive investment in home- and community-based services.

April 5, 2021

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COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Designed To Be Sensory Friendly

With luxury boxes repurposed as "quiet spaces" complete with fidget toys and weighted blankets, a visual schedule of events and more, an NFL stadium was transformed into a unique vaccine clinic.

March 30, 2021

People With Disabilities Left Behind In Push To Overcome Pandemic

Millions of Americans with disabilities are being overlooked during the pandemic recovery, stuck at home without therapy or social programs, and struggling to book COVID-19 vaccinations.

March 23, 2021
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Waiting Lists May Be Eliminated For Disability Services Provided By Medicaid

Work is underway on legislation that could fundamentally transform the nation's system of home- and community-based services for people with disabilities.

March 22, 2021

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COVID-19 Cases Plummet Among Those With IDD Who Are Offered Vaccines

New data suggests that COVID-19 infections among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the staff who serve them drop dramatically once they are eligible for vaccines.

March 17, 2021
Mother and daughter outside home

For Medically Vulnerable, Vaccine Brings Relief After Search For Access

As vaccine access has expanded for medically vulnerable people, many have expressed hope and relief for a more normal life after what they described as an often frustrating search for shots.

March 16, 2021
Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton Calls For End To Restraining Children And Teens

The one-time reality TV star and now activist is backing efforts to regulate the use of restraint at residential facilities serving those with developmental disabilities and others.

March 16, 2021

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Intellectual Disability Among Greatest COVID-19 Risk Factors, Study Finds

New research suggests that people with intellectual disability are about six times more likely to die if they contract COVID-19, a higher risk than almost anyone else.

March 10, 2021
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Push Is On For States To Ban Organ Transplant Discrimination

States are passing laws that would prevent people with Down syndrome, autism and other disabilities from being denied transplants solely because of their conditions.

March 9, 2021

ADA Concerns Raised Over COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Federal authorities are being asked to step in amid concerns that sensory sensitivities, physical access and other barriers may be keeping people with disabilities from COVID-19 vaccines.

March 8, 2021

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