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US Olympic And Paralympic Committee Covered Up Abuse Of Athlete With Autism, Lawsuit Alleges

A Paralympic swimmer with autism and intellectual disability was repeatedly assaulted and raped by a teammate with cerebral palsy and officials were complicit, according to a lawsuit.

November 15, 2022
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Woman Behind Landmark Disability Rights Case Dies

The lead plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Olmstead v. L.C. — which affirmed the right of people with disabilities to live in the community — has died.

November 9, 2022
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IDD Services Still Haven’t Rebounded From COVID Shutdowns

A growing number of adults with developmental disabilities are approved for benefits under Medicaid but remain without services as agencies struggle to restart programs shut down during the pandemic.

November 2, 2022

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As Institutions Close, Families Of Longtime Residents Face Agonizing Choices

Under federal pressure to improve care for people with IDD, Iowa is set to join 45 other states that have closed most or all of their institutions, leaving families with wrenching choices.

September 21, 2022
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End Of Roe A Health Risk For Those With Disabilities, Advocates Warn

People with disabilities have a higher rate of unplanned pregnancies and less access to reproductive health care, experts say. They also face higher risks of serious pregnancy complications.

August 10, 2022
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Experts Fear For Safety Of Those Who Went Missing From Special Olympics USA Games

More than a week after delegates of the unified Haitian Special Olympics soccer team went missing, experts say concerns about their safety will only grow the longer the investigation drags on.

June 20, 2022

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Another Goes Missing From Special Olympics USA Games

Another person with ties to the Haitian delegation to the Special Olympics has been reported missing, according to authorities, bringing the number of disappearances to seven.

June 14, 2022

Authorities Search For 6 Missing From Special Olympics USA Games

They turned in their room keys and left their personal belongings. Why five Haitian soccer players and their coach vanished while participating in the 2022 Special Olympics remains a mystery.

June 10, 2022
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How Families Are Advocating For Children With Disabilities In Foster Care

Many families foster and adopt children with special health care needs despite challenges they often encounter, such as receiving insufficient medical supplies and incomplete health histories.

April 21, 2022

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Students Find Common Ground Through Unified Sports

Teams comprised of students with and without intellectual disabilities are building friendships and enhancing the high school experience.

April 5, 2022
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DSM Update Tweaks Criteria For Autism, Intellectual Disability

A new version of the DSM released this month includes changes to the definitions of both autism and intellectual disability that experts say will further clarify the diagnoses.

March 24, 2022

This School Helps Students With IDD Transition To Adulthood

At a tuition-free charter school, students with intellectual disabilities and autism are learning skills and gaining work experience as they strive toward goals tailored to their abilities.

March 22, 2022

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