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Intellectual Disability

Rachel Larson, who has Down syndrome, and Nicholas Hamilton, who has a developmental disability, walk toward the Rosedale Mall while on a date in Roseville, Minn. The couple have been together nearly a year. (David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

For Many With Disabilities, Freedom To Be Intimate Is Rare

Adults with developmental disabilities must often overcome constant barriers to pursue a fundamental human right – loving relationships.

November 19, 2015
Pope Francis waves from his Fiat as he leaves the airport in Philadelphia on Saturday. The pope stopped his car on the tarmac so that he could bless a boy with cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities. (Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Pope Blesses Kids With Special Needs

On the final leg of his historic American visit, Pope Francis made a point of spotting children with disabilities in his midst and blessing them.

September 28, 2015
Amanda Taylor, left, works with Quintanna Moody, in a class session focusing on life skills at a post-secondary program for students with intellectual disabilities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. (Emilie Eastman/Capital News Service/TNS)

Post-Secondary Programs See Signs Of Success

As a growing number of colleges offer programs for students with intellectual disabilities, a new report provides the most comprehensive look yet at who's attending and their outcomes.

September 21, 2015

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Medication that’s intended to treat mental illnesses like schizophrenia is often prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities who display challenging behavior, a new analysis finds. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Questions Raised About Meds Used For Intellectual Disability

New research suggests that many drugs are vasty overprescribed to people with intellectual disabilities despite scant evidence that they provide any benefit.

September 2, 2015
The closing ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. The games featured 6,500 competitors and 2,000 coaches from 165 countries around the world. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Thousands Mark The Close Of The Special Olympics

The caldron no longer burns in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where thousands gathered over the weekend to mark the end of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

August 3, 2015
Allan Cole carries the Special Olympics World Games torch while getting a kiss from his sister, Angela Carr, in Austin, Texas, during the Unified Relay Across America. Athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world will compete at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles starting this weekend. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/TNS)

Poll Finds Public Perception Varies On Intellectual Disabilities

Attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities are evolving, a new poll suggests, but opinions remain tied to the level of personal connection individuals have with this population.

July 24, 2015

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Under New Law, Self-Advocates To Train Police

Self-advocates will take a role in training police on interacting with people who have developmental disabilities under a first-of-its-kind law.

May 13, 2015

Child Wrongly Removed From Mom With Disability, Feds Say

Just two days after a 19-year-old with intellectual disability gave birth, state officials took her newborn away in an act the federal government contends violated the woman's civil rights.

February 10, 2015
Evan Davis, a student in the SUCCESS program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus, walks with his red backpack to class. A new study suggests that individuals with disabilities who participate in postsecondary programs are more likely to find work. (Emilie Eastman/Capital News Service/TNS)

Study Finds Postsecondary Programs Boost Outcomes

Individuals with intellectual disabilities who attend postsecondary programs are finding greater success in the job market than those who do not pursue further education, a new study suggests.

January 20, 2015

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People With Disabilities Held For Years Without Trial

Whether or not they committed a crime, defendants with intellectual disabilities can spend years -- and in some cases, decades -- locked up with no opportunity to argue their innocence.

September 3, 2014

Doctors Get New Recommendations For Diagnosing Disabilities

A major pediatricians' group is issuing new guidelines for physicians diagnosing intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

August 25, 2014

TV Series To Examine Life During Transition

A new show focusing on the experiences of five young adults with intellectual disabilities is coming to television.

August 18, 2014

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