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Walmart Accused Of Disability Discrimination

The EEOC is alleging that the nation's largest private employer violated the ADA by firing a longtime employee with Down syndrome.

January 20, 2017
Tony Crawley, left, administers medication through his son Rowan's feeding tube.

Caregiving Costly For Special Needs Families

Families of children with special needs provide billions of dollars in unpaid medical care each year, researchers say, significantly compromising their own ability to earn a living.

January 4, 2017

Walmart, Amazon In Hot Water Over ‘Retard’ Mug

Retailers are taking heat after shoppers noticed a mug with the phrase "got retard?" available for sale.

December 13, 2016

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Boy With Down Syndrome Officially A Published Model

After initially being passed over by a talent agency because of his special needs, a young boy with Down syndrome is now front and center in an advertising campaign for OshKosh B'gosh.

December 6, 2016

Supreme Court Weighs Legal Standard For Intellectual Disability

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether a standard for intellectual disability based on a character from "Of Mice and Men" can be used to determine eligibility for the death penalty.

November 29, 2016

Special Olympics Allegedly Stiffed By Sponsor

The nonprofit that runs sporting events around the world for those with intellectual disabilities is suing a company for allegedly failing to pay $270,000 in promised sponsorship fees.

November 15, 2016

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Toys R Us Testing Special Needs Accommodations

As the holiday season approaches, a national retailer is exploring ways to make shopping more friendly for kids with special needs and their families.

November 4, 2016

Police Shooting Of Behavior Assistant Under Investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into potential ADA violations after police shot a caregiver assisting a man with developmental disabilities who wandered from his group home.

November 1, 2016
Destiny Sanchez carries the torch into the stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

ABC, ESPN Sign On To Broadcast Special Olympics

Thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world will be featured on national television when they come together to compete next year.

October 25, 2016

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A surgeon carries a donated harvested kidney that he is preparing to transplant. Members of Congress are calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidance regarding the rights of people with disabilities seeking organ transplants. (Keith Bedford/Reuters)

Disability No Reason To Deny Organ Transplants, Lawmakers Say

Members of Congress are pressing the Obama administration to issue guidance clarifying that life-saving organ transplants should not be denied because of a person's developmental disability.

October 24, 2016

Bullying Often Triggers Fight Response In Kids With Disabilities

Children with disabilities are more likely than other kids to respond aggressively to bullying, researchers say, and they often attack not only those picking on them, but others as well.

October 11, 2016

Down Syndrome Rates May Be ‘Gross Overestimations,’ Study Finds

A new study looking at the prevalence of Down syndrome over the last 60 years finds that the condition may be far less common than previously thought.

September 13, 2016

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