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Lawmakers Look To Jump-Start Employment For Transition-Age Youth

With a bipartisan proposal, members of Congress are pushing a new plan to increase competitive, integrated employment for young people with developmental disabilities.

June 12, 2019
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Movie Starring Actor With Down Syndrome Coming To Theaters

A feature film headed to theaters later this summer stars an actor with Down syndrome alongside a pair of Hollywood A-listers and it's backed by some big names in the disability community.

June 7, 2019
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Nation’s Schools Serving More Students Under IDEA

New federal data shows that there are more children in special education and they are accounting for a greater percentage of public school students across the country.

June 6, 2019

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Nightclub For Adults With Disabilities Fosters Love, Friendship And Inclusion

At what might be the only club of its kind in the country, hundreds of people with developmental disabilities come to dance, make friends and be like anyone else out for the night.

June 4, 2019

State To Pay $8M After Pleas To Help Man With Special Needs Went Unanswered

When Vernon Gray's mom died, there was no plan for how he should be cared for and the man with a developmental disability ended up homeless. Now, he's getting an $8 million settlement.

May 21, 2019

Flaws Exposed In State’s Care Of Those Without Guardians

One man's tumor offers a cautionary tale for any family that lacks legal guardianship of a loved one who, because of a developmental disability, cannot make medical decisions.

May 14, 2019

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Woman With Down Syndrome Earns Bachelor’s Degree

Megan McCormick has Down syndrome, but she didn't let that stop her from earning a bachelor's degree, an education that she hopes will lead to a full-time job working with kids like her.

May 14, 2019

Family Turns To Tiny House For Son With Down Syndrome

To give their adult son with Down syndrome the freedom he craves, one couple is working to build a 360-square-foot house and they're hoping their community will help make the plan a reality.

May 10, 2019
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Despite High Need, Dental Care Elusive For Those With Special Needs

People with developmental disabilities face enormous barriers to adequate and timely dental care. Many dentists either avoid treating these patients or lack the skills needed to do so.

May 8, 2019

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At 25 Years, Marriage Likely Among Longest Between Pair With Down Syndrome

Paul and Kris Scharoun-Deforge first met at a dance for people with disabilities in the 1980s and fell for each other quickly. The couple was married for 25 years when Paul died recently.

May 3, 2019

College Students With Intellectual Disabilities Want Inclusive Graduation

Thousands have signed an online petition supporting students with intellectual disabilities at a postsecondary program who want to be included in their university's commencement ceremonies.

April 30, 2019

Program For Variously-Abled Adults Working To End Social Isolation

Through sessions twice a month, a hangout for those with developmental disabilities — including many with limited communication — is promoting social interaction alongside crafts and games.

April 30, 2019

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