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Couple Start Outdoor Classroom For Kids With Special Needs

With their daughter falling behind amid ongoing remote learning, one family bought a tent and set up a pop-up classroom for her and other students with disabilities in their backyard.

November 19, 2020

Feds Work To Ensure Rights Of Parents With Disabilities

Federal officials are pushing for changes after the parental rights of a young mother with intellectual disability were terminated.

November 17, 2020
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Mounting Evidence Points To Serious COVID-19 Risk For Those With IDD

People with developmental disabilities who contract COVID-19 face a higher risk of dying from the virus than just about anyone else, new research indicates.

November 16, 2020

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Man With Down Syndrome Reaches Historic First By Completing Ironman

A 21-year-old with Down syndrome is the first with the chromosomal disorder to complete an entire Ironman triathlon, which entails swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles.

November 11, 2020

Women’s Clinic Specializes In Patients With Disabilities

At one of a handful of centers that offers specialty gynecology appointments for women with disabilities, scales and exam tables are accessible and staff provide more personalized care.

November 6, 2020
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In First, Doctors Get Guidelines For Treating Adults With Down Syndrome

New guidelines are spelling out exactly how medical care for adults with Down syndrome should be distinct from that of their typically-developing peers.

November 3, 2020

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People With Down Syndrome 10 Times More Likely To Die From COVID-19

Individuals with Down syndrome are at especially high risk of hospitalization and death, researchers say, adding to evidence that the coronavirus is particularly hard on those with IDD.

October 28, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Challenges Those With Developmental Disabilities

The number of people with developmental disabilities receiving services has dropped precipitously since the pandemic started, leading to isolation, behaviors and long-term effects.

October 13, 2020

Teen With Down Syndrome Is CEO Of Ice Cream Truck

A one-of-a-kind ice cream truck is staffed by a team of "ice cream experts" — all of whom have exceptionalities — and led by a CEO with Down syndrome.

October 13, 2020

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An Additional 13 Allege They Were Sexually Assaulted As Children By Devereux Staff

After an investigation found that 41 children with IQs as low as 50 were sexually assaulted by staff at a network of residential centers across nine states, more allegations are surfacing.

October 8, 2020

How A Trainer Moved Special Olympics Online To Engage Athletes

When the pandemic hit, Special Olympics organizers were left wondering how athletes would cope with stay-at-home orders and the loss of their sporting communities, but one trainer got creative.

October 6, 2020

Siblings Rally Around Their Sister With Down Syndrome

Even as their sister with Down syndrome sees her health deteriorate from dementia, a tight-knit group of siblings is determined to care for her themselves, taking on rotating shifts each day.

September 8, 2020

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