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David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks, and Gary Levine, the company's president of programming, speak at an executive panel earlier this year in Pasadena, Calif. Showtime has come under fire from disability advocates for airing programming mocking people with special needs. (Eric Charbonneau/AP Invision for Showtime)

Showtime Under Fire For Airing ‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine

Showtime is taking heat for a comedy special it's airing that includes repeated use of the word "retard" and mocking of people with intellectual disability.

April 27, 2016
The A&E Network documentary series "Born This Way" is one of six shows that will be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as part of its Television Academy Honors. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

TV Show Honored For Highlighting Down Syndrome

A documentary series following the lives of young people with Down syndrome is getting a special honor from the people behind the Emmy Awards.

April 19, 2016
A $1.125 million grant from Google will help the Center for Discovery develop an add-on to allow manual wheelchairs to be quickly converted into power chairs. (

Google Awards Millions For Disability Initiative

Google is doling out millions of dollars all with an eye toward using technology to increase independence for the world's billion people with disabilities.

April 13, 2016

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For Man With Special Needs, A Fight To Remain Self-Employed

When his job coaching services were switched to a new agency, a Washington man risked losing the business he spent years cultivating. Then, his family stepped in.

April 12, 2016
Conrad Grant, 7, dribbles a foam basketball while playing with his father, John, at their home in River Forest, Ill. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Parents Find Ways To Mitigate Bullying, Teasing

Families of kids with disabilities are taking a variety of approaches – ranging from letters to presentations and cards to distribute – to proactively educate others about their child's needs.

April 11, 2016
A new advertising campaign is calling on Hollywood insiders to rethink critical references to disabilities in movies and other media. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Ad Campaign Targets Hollywood Disability References

With a new advertising campaign, a disability advocacy group is putting Hollywood on notice that it's not acceptable to mock people with disabilities.

April 5, 2016

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‘Bachelor Pad’ Offers Independence For Men With Down Syndrome

Facing a waiting list 12,000 deep to get their adult children into a state certified group home, the parents of seven young men with Down syndrome decided to create their own.

March 24, 2016

Years-Long Waiver Wait Takes Toll

Aging parents are struggling with the unknown as they wait years in hopes of gaining Medicaid waivers and the needed services they bring for their adult children with disabilities.

March 17, 2016

YouTube Fame Draws Attention To Special Ed Dispute

An otherwise ordinary court case centering on the rights of a 10-year-old with Down syndrome is garnering attention from people around the globe who watch the girl and her brother on YouTube.

March 15, 2016

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New figures from the CDC indicate that more than 15 percent of American children have at least one diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder. (iStock)

CDC Offers New Stats On Disability Prevalence

More than 1 in 7 American children have a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder, according to the CDC, but prevalence is far from steady across the country.

March 14, 2016

Study Offers Clues To Down Syndrome, Possible Treatment

A genetic abnormality in the brain could be integral to Down syndrome, researchers say in a finding that could point to new treatment options for those with the chromosomal disorder.

February 26, 2016
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is proposing a new rule that calls for 12 percent of all employees at each federal agency to be people with disabilities. Above, the Treasury Building in Washington. (Thinkstock)

Federal Proposal Calls For Disability Hiring Quota

Under a new proposal, the federal government would be required to take sweeping steps to utilize affirmative action to increase the number of workers with disabilities in its ranks.

February 25, 2016

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