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Intellectual Disability

New Documentary Questions IQ As A Measure Of Intelligence

A film challenging what it means to have intellectual disability is set to screen at theaters across the country.

September 18, 2018

Behavioral Crises Landing People With Disabilities In ER

They aren't injured or physically ill, but tendencies to act aggressively and violently mean some people with developmental disabilities have nowhere to go other than the emergency room.

September 14, 2018
Norm Macdonald

Former ‘SNL’ Star In Hot Water Over Down Syndrome Comments

While making the rounds to promote his new show, a former "Saturday Night Live" funnyman is taking heat for using the term "Down syndrome" in a derogatory way.

September 13, 2018

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Families Of Kids With Special Needs Say Military Is Failing Them

Eight years after legal requirements were set in motion to "enhance and improve" support for those with special needs, families say the military has failed to follow through.

September 11, 2018
President Donald Trump

Trump Draws Backlash For Reportedly Using ‘R-Word’

Disability advocates are none too pleased amid reports that President Donald Trump called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded."

September 5, 2018

Initiative Highlights ‘Differences’ Over ‘Disabilities’

One city's community-wide public awareness campaign is looking to shift perspectives about people with developmental disabilities and help ensure that more groups engage this population.

August 31, 2018

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Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Mainstreaming

A court with jurisdiction over multiple states found school officials violated the rights of a student with Down syndrome by assigning him to spend half his days in a segregated classroom.

August 29, 2018

Second-Grader Uses Letters To Educate Peers On Down Syndrome

As schools increasingly look to integrate students of all abilities, one family is taking extra steps to help their son's classmates understand his Down syndrome and other special needs.

August 28, 2018
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Group Home Death Illustrates Challenges When Suspect Has Special Needs

Two weeks after a fight over candy turned physical, a group home resident with Down syndrome was dead, but the suspect's intellectual disabilities mean that meting out justice is complicated.

August 22, 2018

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Class

Who Should Pick Up The Tab For Postsecondary Programs?

Disability advocates want federal education officials to clear up what they say is misleading information keeping students with intellectual disabilities from attending postsecondary programs.

August 20, 2018

Strip Searches Of Those With Disabilities Lead To $1 Million Payout

The settlement comes after residents of a state-run center for those with intellectual disabilities were strip-searched to determine if they were abused.

August 17, 2018
Special Olympics at 50

Smithsonian Puts Spotlight On Special Olympics

With a new exhibit, the Smithsonian Institution is highlighting how athletics have helped to dramatically change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities over the last 50 years.

July 27, 2018

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