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Genetic Testing ‘Strongly Recommended’ For Kids With Intellectual Disability

A new recommendation from a leading medical association is urging children with intellectual disability, developmental delay and other congenital anomalies to undergo genetic testing.

July 30, 2021

Jury Awards $125 Million To Former Walmart Employee With Down Syndrome

Walmart has been ordered to pay a former employee with Down syndrome over $125 million after a jury found that the retailer failed to provide her with appropriate disability accommodations.

July 19, 2021
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ESPN To Honor Athlete With Down Syndrome

A triathlete who became the first Ironman with Down syndrome will receive a prestigious award from ESPN on national television.

June 29, 2021

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Schumer ‘Sincerely Sorry’ For Saying ‘Retarded’

The U.S. Senate's top Democrat is apologizing after using the word "retarded" during a recent interview.

June 16, 2021

Advocates Say Housing Project Would Institutionalize People With Disabilities

A proposed $40 million community for 185 adults with intellectual disabilities is facing opposition from advocates who contend that the development is nothing more than a new institution.

June 9, 2021
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State Will Pay $100K, Modify Disability Services Under Agreement With Feds

After state restrictions left a man with intellectual disabilities at serious risk of having to move to a congregate setting in order to access the services he needs, federal officials stepped in.

June 8, 2021

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Families Of People With IDD Rebuild Frayed Ties As Pandemic Eases

Families of those with developmental disabilities have had their lives upended by the pandemic more than most, research shows, and now they're reuniting and trying to make up for lost time.

May 25, 2021

Drug Shows Promise For Fragile X

New research suggests that medication could bring about significant improvements in cognitive function and language in adults with fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability.

May 14, 2021
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Feds Issue New Rules For COVID-19 Vaccines At Facilities Serving Those With IDD

Government officials are setting new expectations related to COVID-19 vaccines at institutions for people with disabilities and similar rules are under consideration for group homes as well.

May 12, 2021

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Golfer Becomes First With Down Syndrome To Compete In College Championship

A 22-year-old from Arizona became the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a college championship event when she teed off earlier this week.

May 12, 2021
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People With IDD Are Helping Providers Improve The Vaccination Experience

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are broadly available, providers are turning to self-advocates for ideas about how to make it easier for people with disabilities to get the shots.

May 6, 2021

Fine Doubled For Restaurant Boss Who Enslaved Man With Intellectual Disability

A man who pleaded guilty to enslaving a Black man with intellectual disability at his restaurant for five years has to pay him more than $500,000, a court ruled.

May 4, 2021

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