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Study: Among Vaccinated, Those With Down Syndrome Face Highest Risk From COVID-19

People with Down syndrome are the most likely of all vaccinated adults to die from COVID-19, new research suggests.

September 24, 2021

Growing Up Is Hard, Especially For Young People With Disabilities

Young adults with disabilities say the transition to adulthood is filled with extra challenges and schools, disability providers and health officials need to better prepare families.

August 26, 2021

Families Struggle With State Agencies To Get Home-Based Care

A federal lawsuit alleges that one state is violating the ADA and Medicaid Act by paying less for in-home care for people with intellectual disabilities compared to those with other disabilities.

August 17, 2021

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New TV Series Spotlights Entrepreneurs With Disabilities

The production company behind reality shows like "Keeping up with the Kardashians" and "Born This Way" is set to debut a new series following four entrepreneurs with various disabilities.

August 16, 2021
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New Standards Finalized For Postsecondary Programs

For the first time, accreditation standards are in place that are intended to be used as a baseline to assess the hundreds of postsecondary programs across the nation serving students with IDD.

August 10, 2021

After Decades Apart, Woman Connects With Secretly Institutionalized Sister

Until she was 13, Katherine Hamann did not know she had a sister. It took her 13 more years before the two met. Today, she works as both guardian and advocate for others with disabilities.

August 9, 2021

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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
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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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