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Feds Issue Guidance On Postsecondary Programs For Students With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education is weighing in after confusion forced some students with disabilities to withdraw from or forgo applying to postsecondary programs.

September 18, 2019

Alert System For Missing People With Disabilities Is Going Unused

Three years ago, one state created an Amber Alert-style system to help find people with disabilities who go missing. But it's never been used despite three recent cases with tragic endings.

September 17, 2019

Some In Disability Community Wary Of Advocate’s Campaign For Congress

The former head of the National Down Syndrome Society is facing questions about her time leading the organization as she seeks a U.S. House seat largely based on her record with the group.

September 11, 2019

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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris

R-Word Enters 2020 Presidential Race

A Democratic candidate for president is apologizing for laughing and praising a man who described President Donald Trump's actions as "mentally retarded."

September 10, 2019

Girl With Down Syndrome Comes Home With 6 Bite Marks After First Day Of School

The family of an 8-year-old girl with Down syndrome wants action after she returned home from the first day of classes with six bite marks on her face, arms and legs.

September 10, 2019
Cole Sibus

ABC Set To Premiere Show With Down Syndrome Storyline

A new drama headed to prime-time television this month prominently features a character with Down syndrome.

September 5, 2019

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In Lieu Of Guardianship, States Look To Supported Decision-Making

At least a dozen states have adopted laws encouraging supported decision-making, which — unlike guardianship — allows people with disabilities to make decisions for themselves.

September 4, 2019

Mom Sought College Program For Son With Down Syndrome, Then Helped Create One

Realizing that there were no university programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities anywhere near her home, one mother set out to establish one.

September 3, 2019

Family Of Man With Intellectual Disability Killed At Costco Speaks Out

The parents of a man with intellectual disability who was fatally shot in a Costco store say they tried to explain their son's disability and begged the police officer involved not to shoot.

August 27, 2019

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Parents and kids at Missouri Capitol

More States Requiring Insurers To Cover Developmental Disabilities

After the widespread success of state insurance mandates for autism treatment, a grassroots effort is underway to do the same for other developmental disabilities.

August 26, 2019
"Born This Way"

After 4 Seasons, A&E Pulls Plug On ‘Born This Way’

The end is near for an Emmy-winning television series chronicling the lives of young adults with Down syndrome.

August 23, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon

Can An Actor With Down Syndrome Change Hollywood?

Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome, is the improbable star — alongside Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson — of a feature film opening in theaters across the country.

August 13, 2019

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