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Bullying Often Triggers Fight Response In Kids With Disabilities

Children with disabilities are more likely than other kids to respond aggressively to bullying, researchers say, and they often attack not only those picking on them, but others as well.

October 11, 2016

Down Syndrome Rates May Be ‘Gross Overestimations,’ Study Finds

A new study looking at the prevalence of Down syndrome over the last 60 years finds that the condition may be far less common than previously thought.

September 13, 2016
The A&E series "Born This Way," which features seven young adults with Down syndrome, won the Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

‘Born This Way’ Scores Emmy Win

A reality show following the lives of seven young adults with developmental disabilities has come out on top, winning an Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality program.

September 12, 2016

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Community For Adults With Disabilities Not Without Controversy

A housing project for people with intellectual disabilities plans to break ground soon, but critics question whether such segregated facilities should be able to receive public dollars.

September 9, 2016
Gladys Soto, the mother of Arnaldo Rios Soto, and the family's attorney, Mathew Dietz, at left, spoke to the media last month. (Carl Juste/The Miami Herald/TNS)

After Police Shooting Near Group Home, A Familiar Failure

A month after a man with developmental disabilities wandered from his group home and found himself at the center of a police shooting, his mother is struggling to get him needed supports.

August 23, 2016
The EEOC said it has reached a settlement with Wal-Mart in a case the federal agency brought on behalf of William Clark, who has intellectual disabilities and worked for the company for 18 years before being fired. (Shutterstock)

After Firing Employee With Special Needs, Wal-Mart To Pay Up

A former Wal-Mart employee with intellectual disabilities will receive $90,000 from the company to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit, the EEOC said.

August 17, 2016

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Emily Criss, who has developmental disabilities, with her mother Elizabeth. An increasing number of aging parents are worried about what will happen to their children when they can no longer care for them. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News/TNS)

States Look To Help Aging Parents Of Those With Disabilities

With an increasing number of aging parents still caring for their adult children with developmental disabilities, some states are taking steps to ease their burden.

August 10, 2016
Julie O'Sullivan helps resident Maggie Martin with her hair as Misericordia employee Rebecca Muzemil plays Candy Land with resident Geri Wisniewski, left, at Quinlan Terrace. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Aging Poses New Challenges For Those With Special Needs

Service providers are scrambling to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities who are living longer than ever before.

August 1, 2016

Families Face Indefinite Wait For Services

Adults with developmental disabilities and their families are finding out that even being on an "emergency" waiting list for waiver services can mean joining a list 5,000 people deep.

June 24, 2016

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An analysis of dozens of studies shows that a growing number of youths with autism and intellectual disability are being prescribed antipsychotics. (Thinkstock)

More With Developmental Disabilities Medicated, Study Finds

Young people with autism and intellectual disability account for a burgeoning number of those prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests.

June 17, 2016

New Brewery — Special Ed’s — Sparks Uproar

With slogans like "'tard tested, 'tard approved" and "ride the short bus to special beer," a new brewery is facing sharp criticism even before making its first bottles available.

June 14, 2016
Self-advocates Loretta Claiborne and Ricardo Thornton alongside comedian Gary Owen and self-advocate Frank Stephens met this week in Washington, D.C. to discuss Owen's Showtime comedy special. (Special Olympics)

‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine Pulled From Showtime

After being blasted by disability advocates, a comic who repeatedly used the word "retard" and mocked people with intellectual disability as part of a Showtime special has removed the content.

June 9, 2016

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