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CDC Adds Down Syndrome To COVID-19 ‘Increased Risk’ List

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is acknowledging for the first time that COVID-19 poses an especially high risk for people with Down syndrome.

January 7, 2021

Feds Say Institution Experimented On Residents With Intellectual Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Justice says a state-run institution violated residents' 14th Amendment rights by providing inadequate care and experimenting on them without their knowledge or consent.

January 6, 2021

With Cherished Event Canceled, Friends Bring Parade To Teen With Down Syndrome

For one teen with Down syndrome, his town's holiday parade is a highlight. Crushed that it was canceled this year, friends stepped up to bring a special parade — complete with Santa — to him.

December 11, 2020

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Coronavirus Pandemic Takes Toll On Disability Community

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been especially vulnerable to the social and emotional upheaval brought on by the pandemic and they face heightened health risks too.

December 9, 2020

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

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

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

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