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Man With IDD Stuck In Jail For 5 Months After Group Home Called Police

Police were called to take Kai'Yere Campbell to a mental health facility, but he was arrested instead. Now his mother is pleading with prosecutors to drop charges so he can get the care he needs.

May 23, 2024
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Ad Campaign Challenges Assumptions About Down Syndrome

A new public awareness campaign backed by a host of organizations from around the world is urging people to reconsider their expectations of what's possible for those with Down syndrome.

March 20, 2024
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How Common Is Intellectual Disability Among Adults?

A new study is among the first to estimate the number of adults in the U.S. with intellectual disability, offering policymakers and other stakeholders a snapshot of the need for resources.

February 23, 2024

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After Tackling ‘R-Word,’ Disability Group Seeks To Erase Stigma Associated With ‘Special’

With a new campaign, Special Olympics wants to take back the word "special" and other language that they say has been turned against people with disabilities.

December 11, 2023

Effort To Map Down Syndrome Brain Raises Prospect Of Treatment

With an $11 million "transformative research" grant, scientists are setting out to do what hasn't been done before: chart how Down syndrome disrupts molecular pathways and alters the brain before birth.

November 3, 2023

Limited Autism Services May Drive Increase In Intellectual Disability Diagnoses

A surprisingly high number of kids with autism are later diagnosed with intellectual disability, researchers say, and they suspect the trend is rooted in an effort to retain services into adulthood.

October 24, 2023

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With Job Coach In Tow, He Made His First Real Sale. Then He Called His Mom

Starting a business and going on cold calls can be tough. Angad Sahgal, who has Down syndrome, found it particularly hard, but he also has a family of helpers.

August 29, 2023

Meet The Man Who Stands On Corners, Tirelessly Advocating For Disability Rights

Teased for his intellectual disabilities since he was young, Bill Byrne decided to stand up and spend his life fighting back, educating the public and advocating for the rights of those like him.

August 22, 2023
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Down Syndrome Dating Show Coming To Netflix

A show following several people with Down syndrome in their quest to find love is set to premiere on Netflix.

August 1, 2023

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CDC Finds ‘Significant Increase’ In Kids With Developmental Disabilities

The number of children with developmental disabilities is on the rise with new data showing that nearly 1 in 11 kids are diagnosed with autism, intellectual disability or developmental delay.

July 17, 2023
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Delayed By World Events, Special Olympics Resumes Global Competition

For the first time in years, thousands of athletes with developmental disabilities from around the world will come together to compete in swimming, gymnastics, tennis and much more.

June 16, 2023
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Topgolf Will Be An Official, Medaled Event In The Special Olympics

Beginning in 2024, local organizing committees for any Special Olympics event worldwide will have the option to include Topgolf as a global medaled event.

April 25, 2023

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