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Siblings Rally Around Their Sister With Down Syndrome

Even as their sister with Down syndrome sees her health deteriorate from dementia, a tight-knit group of siblings is determined to care for her themselves, taking on rotating shifts each day.

September 8, 2020

Report Uncovers Dozens Of Sexual Assaults At Devereux Residential Centers

At least 41 children with IQs as low as 50 have been raped or sexually assaulted by staff in the last 25 years at a network of residential centers across nine states, an investigation has found.

August 14, 2020

Strangers Send Man With Down Syndrome Cards, Letters While He Awaits Transplant

Born with Down syndrome and cardiac defects, Joe Eitl needs a heart transplant. Until that day comes, thousands of cards and letters received from friends and strangers alike keep him going.

July 28, 2020

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How People With Special Needs Are Coping With The Pandemic

Both children and adults with developmental disabilities are struggling to adapt to the myriad of changes that the coronavirus pandemic has brought to nearly every facet of life.

July 28, 2020

People With Intellectual Disabilities Begin To Venture Out During Pandemic

Service providers are starting to offer adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to return to community-based activities, but many families are reluctant.

July 22, 2020
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Group Home Residents With Developmental Disabilities More Likely To Die From COVID-19

People with developmental disabilities who live in group homes are significantly more likely than others to contract the coronavirus and die from it, a new study finds.

July 13, 2020

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Ban On Group Home Visits Is Hurting Residents, Critics Say

Months into the pandemic, some are pushing back against one-size-fits-all bans on family visits for group home residents with developmental disabilities.

July 10, 2020

School Cites Legal Reasons For Omitting Students With Special Needs From Yearbook

After taking heat on social media when students in a transition program were left out of a high school yearbook, school officials are blaming privacy laws.

June 23, 2020

Couple Stole Up To $160,000 From Down Syndrome Group, Police Say

A couple allegedly used their leadership roles at a local Down syndrome group to steal as much as $160,000 to purchase airline tickets, gift cards, jewelry and remodel their home.

June 19, 2020

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Couple Prove Down Syndrome, Autism No Barrier To Marriage

She has Down syndrome. He has autism. Together they have 10 years of wedded bliss.

June 9, 2020

People With Developmental Disabilities More Likely To Die From COVID-19

A new study is offering some of the first details about how the coronavirus is impacting people with developmental disabilities and the picture is not pretty.

June 8, 2020
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TV Shows Starring Actors With Developmental Disabilities Set To Return

Television network executives say they will bring back two shows that prominently feature actors who have developmental disabilities.

June 1, 2020

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