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CDC Finds More Preschoolers Have Autism

New federal figures indicate that autism prevalence among young children is on the rise.

April 15, 2019
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Trump Backs Off Plan To Defund Special Olympics

After his education secretary spent three days fiercely defending a plan to eliminate federal funding for Special Olympics, President Donald Trump reversed course.

March 29, 2019
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With $29 Million In Backing, MIT Launches Down Syndrome Center

A multi-million gift to establish a major new Down syndrome research center is said to be one of the largest ever focused on increasing knowledge of the chromosomal disorder.

March 21, 2019

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New Day Program Envisioned With ‘Community College-Like Campus’

Frustrated that many students depart high school only to sit at home with nothing to do, a teacher is developing a new day program to serve adults with disabilities, regardless of severity.

March 15, 2019
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‘R-Word’ Pledge Is No More

Ten years in, an initiative aimed at stomping out use of the word "retard" is evolving to embrace a new focus.

March 7, 2019

With Proposal, State Considers Apartments Over Costly Group Homes

Recognizing that many people with intellectual disabilities can function well in more independent settings, one state is set to consider a proposal to support individuals in apartments.

March 5, 2019

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Dentists No Longer Permitted To Turn Away Patients Due To Disabilities

People with developmental disabilities may find it easier to get dental care after a national board changed its ethics policy to be more inclusive.

February 28, 2019
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Postsecondary Programs More Inclusive, Report Finds

With an increasing number of colleges offering programs for those with intellectual disabilities, a new report suggests the programs are becoming more inclusive and leading to better outcomes.

February 26, 2019
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Inclusion Increasingly The Norm For Students With Disabilities

More students with disabilities are being educated alongside their typically-developing peers, according to new federal data.

February 19, 2019

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Feds: Patient With Intellectual Disability Blocked From Organ Transplant List

Federal officials say that a major university health care system will change its ways after denying a person with intellectual disability the opportunity to be placed on a transplant list.

February 18, 2019
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Teacher Strike Especially Tough On Students In Special Education

With teachers in one of the nation's largest school districts picketing, more than 60,000 students with special needs are missing out on far more than academics.

January 22, 2019
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How A Dental Clinic Is Filling A Void For Those With Special Needs

People with disabilities frequently struggle to find dentists willing to take on their care, but in an unassuming brick hospital building lies a clinic specifically for this population.

January 16, 2019

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