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Down Syndrome Treatment Often Requires Traveling

Access to Down syndrome treatment is uneven across the nation, with many who have the chromosomal disorder living hours from the nearest specialty clinic, new research suggests.

February 27, 2020

Founder Of Global Disability Group Accused Of Sex Abuse

The founder of an international network of communities where adults with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together sexually abused a half-dozen women, the group said.

February 25, 2020
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Ed Department: More Students Being Served Under IDEA

The number of American schoolchildren receiving special education services is on the rise and they're increasingly being served in mainstream classrooms at least part of the day.

February 24, 2020

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CDC Finds Developmental Disabilities More Common In Rural Areas

Children living in certain areas are more likely to have developmental disabilities, according to a new CDC report, and where a child lives significantly impacts how much help they receive.

February 21, 2020
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School Calls Cops On 6-Year-Old With Down Syndrome

When a girl with Down syndrome pointed a finger gun at her teacher and said 'I shoot you,' the police were called even though the school recognized she had no intention of harming anyone.

February 14, 2020
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In First, Actor With Down Syndrome Presents At Oscars

On Hollywood's biggest night of the year, an actor with Down syndrome joined the ranks of A-listers to present an Academy Award.

February 10, 2020

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As Caregivers Age, People With Disabilities See Few Housing Options

A national study finds housing choices are limited for people with developmental disabilities who often get little say about where they might live when they leave home.

February 10, 2020

Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Institutions Open

Families have filed a federal lawsuit to block the closure of multiple institutions for those with severe developmental disabilities, alleging that the plan violates the residents' rights.

February 4, 2020

Craft Brew Pub Thrives, Thanks To A Secret Ingredient: Workers With Disabilities

At Brewability, a craft beer pub run almost entirely by people with disabilities, the bartenders have autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other conditions.

January 28, 2020

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After Coming Off Wait List, Families Still Struggle To Find Services

Being selected to come off the waiting list for disability services can feel like "winning the lotto," but the thrill is short-lived for families who can't find programs to serve them.

January 22, 2020

Couples With Disabilities Navigate Red Tape On Way To Altar

Marriage often means sacrificing much needed government benefits for people with developmental disabilities, but a proposed law could change that.

January 21, 2020

Parents Seek Housing For Adult Children With Disabilities

With an imperfect patchwork of existing options — ranging from institutions to group homes to independent living — many parents are wondering the same thing: what happens when we die?

January 14, 2020

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