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Gladys Soto, the mother of Arnaldo Rios Soto, and the family's attorney, Mathew Dietz, at left, spoke to the media last month. (Carl Juste/The Miami Herald/TNS)

After Police Shooting Near Group Home, A Familiar Failure

A month after a man with developmental disabilities wandered from his group home and found himself at the center of a police shooting, his mother is struggling to get him needed supports.

August 23, 2016
The EEOC said it has reached a settlement with Wal-Mart in a case the federal agency brought on behalf of William Clark, who has intellectual disabilities and worked for the company for 18 years before being fired. (Shutterstock)

After Firing Employee With Special Needs, Wal-Mart To Pay Up

A former Wal-Mart employee with intellectual disabilities will receive $90,000 from the company to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit, the EEOC said.

August 17, 2016
Emily Criss, who has developmental disabilities, with her mother Elizabeth. An increasing number of aging parents are worried about what will happen to their children when they can no longer care for them. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News/TNS)

States Look To Help Aging Parents Of Those With Disabilities

With an increasing number of aging parents still caring for their adult children with developmental disabilities, some states are taking steps to ease their burden.

August 10, 2016

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Julie O'Sullivan helps resident Maggie Martin with her hair as Misericordia employee Rebecca Muzemil plays Candy Land with resident Geri Wisniewski, left, at Quinlan Terrace. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Aging Poses New Challenges For Those With Special Needs

Service providers are scrambling to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities who are living longer than ever before.

August 1, 2016

Families Face Indefinite Wait For Services

Adults with developmental disabilities and their families are finding out that even being on an "emergency" waiting list for waiver services can mean joining a list 5,000 people deep.

June 24, 2016
An analysis of dozens of studies shows that a growing number of youths with autism and intellectual disability are being prescribed antipsychotics. (Thinkstock)

More With Developmental Disabilities Medicated, Study Finds

Young people with autism and intellectual disability account for a burgeoning number of those prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests.

June 17, 2016

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New Brewery — Special Ed’s — Sparks Uproar

With slogans like "'tard tested, 'tard approved" and "ride the short bus to special beer," a new brewery is facing sharp criticism even before making its first bottles available.

June 14, 2016
Self-advocates Loretta Claiborne and Ricardo Thornton alongside comedian Gary Owen and self-advocate Frank Stephens met this week in Washington, D.C. to discuss Owen's Showtime comedy special. (Special Olympics)

‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine Pulled From Showtime

After being blasted by disability advocates, a comic who repeatedly used the word "retard" and mocked people with intellectual disability as part of a Showtime special has removed the content.

June 9, 2016

Community Living Skeptics Often Have Change Of Heart

Despite initial opposition, a new study suggests that many families of those with disabilities required to transition from institutions to community living are ultimately pleased.

May 17, 2016

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Seattle To Host 2018 Special Olympics

The massive event, which is estimated to attract thousands of visitors from across the country and generate millions in revenue for the Seattle area, will mark the games' 50th year.

May 17, 2016
Austin Underwood stands next to his food truck, which will serve specialty hot dogs in Fort Worth, Texas. (Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Teleram/TNS)

Chef With Down Syndrome Opens Food Truck

A rolling restaurant serving up hot dogs with inventive toppings such as "dawg sauce" is helping a 37-year-old with Down syndrome fulfill his dreams.

May 9, 2016
David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks, and Gary Levine, the company's president of programming, speak at an executive panel earlier this year in Pasadena, Calif. Showtime has come under fire from disability advocates for airing programming mocking people with special needs. (Eric Charbonneau/AP Invision for Showtime)

Showtime Under Fire For Airing ‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine

Showtime is taking heat for a comedy special it's airing that includes repeated use of the word "retard" and mocking of people with intellectual disability.

April 27, 2016

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