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Reunited: Woman With Intellectual Disability Finds Son Taken At Birth

When Jean Searle gave birth while living in an institution, she was forced to give up her child. Now, more than three decades later, she finally got to meet him.

July 17, 2018
"Born This Way"

Down Syndrome Reality Show Up For Emmys

A reality television show focusing on the lives of those with Down syndrome is in the running for multiple Emmy Awards.

July 17, 2018

Actor With Down Syndrome Starring In Movie With Shia LaBeouf

A 33-year-old with Down syndrome is making a name for himself working alongside Hollywood notables Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and David Arquette.

July 13, 2018

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College student with Down syndrome

More Colleges Enrolling Students With Intellectual Disabilities

In 2004, just 25 colleges across the country welcomed students with intellectual disabilities on their campuses. By this fall, that number will grow to 270.

June 27, 2018
Kayla McKeon

New York Woman Is Nation’s First Lobbyist With Down Syndrome

There are lots of people trying to sway federal lawmakers, but no one else is quite like Kayla McKeon, Capitol Hill's first-ever registered lobbyist with Down syndrome.

June 26, 2018
Cast of "Born This Way"

Down Syndrome Reality Show Returns With Wedding On Tap

A wedding is on the horizon when a reality television show following the lives of adults with Down syndrome comes back later this summer.

June 19, 2018

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Book Helps Explain Alzheimer’s To Those With Down Syndrome

At least half of people with Down syndrome will develop Alzheimer's, experts say. Now a book is helping explain the diagnosis in a way those with the chromosomal disorder can understand.

June 15, 2018

After 42 Years In Institutions, A Home Of Her Own

A woman with intellectual disability who has been housed in state institutions for over four decades may finally get a chance to live in the community after a judge ordered her release.

June 5, 2018

Nation’s Largest Employer Misses Disability Hiring Goal

The U.S. government is falling short on a plan to dramatically increase hiring of people with intellectual disability and other conditions, according to a new report.

May 22, 2018

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After 42 years In Institutions, Woman Seeks A Home Of Her Own

Institutionalized for over four decades, Lucretia Felder wants nothing more than to live in a home of her own, but so far no service provider has stepped up to support her in the community.

May 15, 2018
Students sit in a special education class

Inclusion Rates Lagging For Students With Intellectual Disabilities

Under federal law, students with disabilities are supposed to attend class with their typically-developing peers as much as possible, but new research suggests that may not be happening.

May 15, 2018

Athletes, Supporters Celebrate 50 Years Of Special Olympics

Fifty years after the first-ever Special Olympics Games, thousands are coming together to mark society's notable strides in accepting people with disabilities and the challenges that remain.

May 4, 2018

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