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School Cites Legal Reasons For Omitting Students With Special Needs From Yearbook

After taking heat on social media when students in a transition program were left out of a high school yearbook, school officials are blaming privacy laws.

June 23, 2020

Couple Stole Up To $160,000 From Down Syndrome Group, Police Say

A couple allegedly used their leadership roles at a local Down syndrome group to steal as much as $160,000 to purchase airline tickets, gift cards, jewelry and remodel their home.

June 19, 2020

Couple Prove Down Syndrome, Autism No Barrier To Marriage

She has Down syndrome. He has autism. Together they have 10 years of wedded bliss.

June 9, 2020

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People With Developmental Disabilities More Likely To Die From COVID-19

A new study is offering some of the first details about how the coronavirus is impacting people with developmental disabilities and the picture is not pretty.

June 8, 2020
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TV Shows Starring Actors With Developmental Disabilities Set To Return

Television network executives say they will bring back two shows that prominently feature actors who have developmental disabilities.

June 1, 2020

DSPs Worry About Protective Equipment, Changed Routines

Agencies that serve individuals with disabilities are facing numerous challenges keeping residents and staff safe from COVID-19 while dealing with lost routines and isolation.

May 12, 2020

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Hospital No-Visitor Policies Endanger People With Disabilities, Advocates Say

Disability advocates are alarmed that no-visitor policies are forcing people with developmental disabilities — including those who are nonverbal — to go it alone at hospitals across the nation.

May 8, 2020

Parents Of Those With Disabilities Seek Exception To COVID-19 No-Visitor Rules

As hospitals halt visitation to slow the spread of the coronavirus, parents in one state are worried that their children with intellectual disabilities could be left to fend for themselves.

April 21, 2020
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Pediatricians Warned Against Denying Organ Transplants To Kids With Disabilities

The nation's pediatricians are being told that refusing organ transplants for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities may be discriminatory and even illegal.

April 20, 2020

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Providers Want To Protect Clients With Disabilities. Nobody’s Telling Them How.

Even in a state considered one of the best at serving people with intellectual disabilities, families and providers said they have received almost no guidance on how to respond to COVID-19.

April 17, 2020

Grocery Employee With Down Syndrome Wants To Do More Amid Pandemic

Steven Eull has been working jobs at both Hy-Vee and Target through the COVID-19 outbreak, but he doesn't feel like he's doing enough so he decided to donate the contents of his piggy bank.

April 14, 2020

Coronavirus Frays Safety Net For People With Severe Disabilities

With programs closed for the foreseeable future, many families are now forced to care for loved ones with severe disabilities at home without much help, if any at all.

April 8, 2020

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