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Trader Joe’s Eyes Improved Shopping Experience For Those With Special Needs

Trader Joe's is looking to make it easier for people with autism and intellectual disabilities to shop in its grocery stores.

April 7, 2021
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For Medically Vulnerable, Vaccine Brings Relief After Search For Access

As vaccine access has expanded for medically vulnerable people, many have expressed hope and relief for a more normal life after what they described as an often frustrating search for shots.

March 16, 2021
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Intellectual Disability Among Greatest COVID-19 Risk Factors, Study Finds

New research suggests that people with intellectual disability are about six times more likely to die if they contract COVID-19, a higher risk than almost anyone else.

March 10, 2021

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Push Is On For States To Ban Organ Transplant Discrimination

States are passing laws that would prevent people with Down syndrome, autism and other disabilities from being denied transplants solely because of their conditions.

March 9, 2021

Lack Of Virus Data On People With Intellectual Disabilities ‘Comes With A Body Count’

People with IDD are more vulnerable to COVID-19. But a lack of federal tracking means no one knows how many of these individuals in group housing have fallen ill or died from the virus.

March 3, 2021

In Group Homes, Pandemic Has Canceled Plans, Ushered In A ‘New Normal’

Roughly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, many group home residents have adapted to life with limited visits, fewer outside activities and other precautions.

March 2, 2021

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Biobank Poised To Transform Down Syndrome Research

A first-of-its-kind effort is underway to collect biological samples from people with Down syndrome in a bid to improve care and outcomes for those with chromosomal disorder.

February 26, 2021
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Institutions Serving Those With IDD Get New COVID-19 Guidance

Nearly a year after institutions serving people with developmental disabilities locked down, federal officials are spelling out how and when these facilities should reopen to visitors.

February 25, 2021

Walmart Violated ADA When It Refused To Give Worker A Set Schedule, Lawsuit Says

Walmart is being sued in federal court for refusing to allow an employee with an intellectual disability to have a set weekly schedule.

February 23, 2021

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On Zoom, Comedy Offers A Way To Teach Life Skills To Those With Down Syndrome

When the pandemic forced local improv classes for individuals with Down syndrome onto Zoom, the idea took off, growing to dozens of sessions each week with participants from all 50 states.

January 27, 2021

CDC Study Pinpoints Prevalence Of Intellectual Disability

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are offering up a new estimate of the number of American children with intellectual disability.

January 21, 2021

CDC Adds Down Syndrome To COVID-19 ‘Increased Risk’ List

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is acknowledging for the first time that COVID-19 poses an especially high risk for people with Down syndrome.

January 7, 2021

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