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Intellectual Disability

Nation’s Largest Employer Misses Disability Hiring Goal

The U.S. government is falling short on a plan to dramatically increase hiring of people with intellectual disability and other conditions, according to a new report.

May 22, 2018

After 42 years In Institutions, Woman Seeks A Home Of Her Own

Institutionalized for over four decades, Lucretia Felder wants nothing more than to live in a home of her own, but so far no service provider has stepped up to support her in the community.

May 15, 2018
Students sit in a special education class

Inclusion Rates Lagging For Students With Intellectual Disabilities

Under federal law, students with disabilities are supposed to attend class with their typically-developing peers as much as possible, but new research suggests that may not be happening.

May 15, 2018

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Athletes, Supporters Celebrate 50 Years Of Special Olympics

Fifty years after the first-ever Special Olympics Games, thousands are coming together to mark society's notable strides in accepting people with disabilities and the challenges that remain.

May 4, 2018

Settlement Reached In High-Profile Death Of Man With Down Syndrome

In a case that drew national attention, the family of a man with Down syndrome who died after being restrained when he refused to leave a movie theater will receive $1.9 million.

April 27, 2018
Boy with autism playing

Autism Prevalence On The Rise, CDC Says

An increasing number of American children are being diagnosed with autism, according to new government figures.

April 26, 2018

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U.S. Capitol

Congressman Hopes Disability Internship Program Outlives His Tenure

As U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper prepares to leave Congress, he has high hopes the Capitol Hill internship program he created for individuals with intellectual disabilities will continue to grow.

April 18, 2018

Family Sues After Boy Scouts Strip Badges From Son With Down Syndrome

A Utah man is suing the Boy Scouts of America after the organization voided every merit badge his son — who has Down syndrome — earned, blocking the teen's path to becoming an Eagle Scout.

March 20, 2018
United Airlines CEO

United Airlines To Train Employees On Intellectual Disabilities

A major U.S. airline is taking steps to improve travel for people with intellectual disabilities while also eyeing other ways to beef up inclusion.

March 9, 2018

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Can A Man With A Disability Stay In A Marriage He Might Not Understand?

Amid concerns from the family of a man with intellectual disability, a judge is weighing the questions raised by the man's marriage to a typically-developing spouse who's also his guardian.

March 6, 2018
Sandy Davis works on an activity with Marjorie Strong

Group Home Troubles Prompt Some To Enter Institutions

Despite one state's promise to reform group homes, many remain dangerously unprepared to shelter adults with profound disabilities and some people are leaving the community for institutions.

March 1, 2018
Morgan Cansler and Conrad "Tyler" DiFalco-Jimenez

Their Disabilities Challenge Their Lives, But Not Their Love

With their wedding planned for this fall, a couple with intellectual disabilities is proving naysayers wrong who doubt that they can have love and a serious relationship like anyone else.

February 20, 2018

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