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Study Finds Psychiatry Training On Developmental Disabilities ‘Insufficient’

Psychiatrists are often some of the main providers of care for people with autism and intellectual disability, but new research finds that many have little training to serve this population.

March 13, 2023
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Movie Starring Actors With Disabilities Set For Nationwide Release

Woody Harrelson stars alongside 10 actors with developmental disabilities in a new comedy that's headed to theaters.

February 28, 2023
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Ironman With Down Syndrome Lobbies For Neurodivergent Athlete Category

The first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman is challenging race directors to create a special competitive category for neurodivergent athletes at every running event in the world.

February 22, 2023

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Unified Sports Build Bonds That Break Down Barriers

Players, coaches and parents say that unified sports — where students with and without intellectual disabilities play together — have changed their schools, and their lives.

February 7, 2023
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Walmart Accused Of Wrongfully Firing Greeter With IDD

A former Walmart greeter with intellectual disability sued the retailer alleging he was fired after nearly 27 years for mistakenly clocking in and out slightly too early or too late on occasion.

January 6, 2023
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Postsecondary Student With Autism Spurs NCAA Rule Change

Students with disabilities at postsecondary programs nationwide can now compete in Division III athletics, thanks to a 20-year-old runner with autism and his mom who prompted an NCAA rule change.

January 4, 2023

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‘Impending Intergenerational Crisis’: Americans With IDD Lack Long-Term Care Plans

Many with IDD lack plans for when family members can no longer care for them. Families, researchers and advocates worry that has set the stage for a crisis in which people could end up in institutions.

December 7, 2022

US Olympic And Paralympic Committee Covered Up Abuse Of Athlete With Autism, Lawsuit Alleges

A Paralympic swimmer with autism and intellectual disability was repeatedly assaulted and raped by a teammate with cerebral palsy and officials were complicit, according to a lawsuit.

November 15, 2022
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Woman Behind Landmark Disability Rights Case Dies

The lead plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Olmstead v. L.C. — which affirmed the right of people with disabilities to live in the community — has died.

November 9, 2022

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IDD Services Still Haven’t Rebounded From COVID Shutdowns

A growing number of adults with developmental disabilities are approved for benefits under Medicaid but remain without services as agencies struggle to restart programs shut down during the pandemic.

November 2, 2022
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As Institutions Close, Families Of Longtime Residents Face Agonizing Choices

Under federal pressure to improve care for people with IDD, Iowa is set to join 45 other states that have closed most or all of their institutions, leaving families with wrenching choices.

September 21, 2022
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End Of Roe A Health Risk For Those With Disabilities, Advocates Warn

People with disabilities have a higher rate of unplanned pregnancies and less access to reproductive health care, experts say. They also face higher risks of serious pregnancy complications.

August 10, 2022

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