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How Families Are Advocating For Children With Disabilities In Foster Care

Many families foster and adopt children with special health care needs despite challenges they often encounter, such as receiving insufficient medical supplies and incomplete health histories.

April 21, 2022

Students Find Common Ground Through Unified Sports

Teams comprised of students with and without intellectual disabilities are building friendships and enhancing the high school experience.

April 5, 2022
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DSM Update Tweaks Criteria For Autism, Intellectual Disability

A new version of the DSM released this month includes changes to the definitions of both autism and intellectual disability that experts say will further clarify the diagnoses.

March 24, 2022

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This School Helps Students With IDD Transition To Adulthood

At a tuition-free charter school, students with intellectual disabilities and autism are learning skills and gaining work experience as they strive toward goals tailored to their abilities.

March 22, 2022
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Biden Names Picks To Serve On Disability Committee

President Joe Biden is tapping a group of self-advocates, family members and professionals from across the country to advise him on the needs of people with intellectual disabilities.

March 15, 2022
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Special Olympics Calls Off World Winter Games In Russia

Special Olympics is canceling its upcoming World Winter Games as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

March 8, 2022

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Private Equity Takes Aim At Disability Services

Private equity firms are increasingly investing in services for young people with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities with potentially troubling consequences, a new report warns.

March 4, 2022

CDC Adds IDD To List Of Conditions At Increased Risk From COVID-19

Nearly two years into the pandemic, the CDC is for the first time acknowledging that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have an elevated risk of severe disease from COVID-19.

March 3, 2022

Barber Caters To Those With IDD

Inspired by family members with Down syndrome and Asperger's, a barber decided to open a studio where serving clients with intellectual disabilities is one of her main goals.

January 18, 2022

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Group Home Staffing Crisis Upends Life For Woman With Down Syndrome

After 22 years in the same group home, a woman with Down syndrome was forced to move. Now, she's wetting the bed, going days without showering and coping with screaming from other residents.

January 7, 2022

CDC Says 1 In 44 Kids Have Autism

Autism rates are increasing yet again, according to new data from the CDC which finds for the first time that more than 2% of American children have the developmental disability.

December 2, 2021
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Study: Families Of Children With Special Needs See $18K In Lost Income Annually

A significant number of caregivers of children with special needs reduce their work hours or leave jobs altogether costing their families an average of $18,000 per year, researchers say.

October 28, 2021

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