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Intellectual Disability

Families Face Indefinite Wait For Services

Adults with developmental disabilities and their families are finding out that even being on an "emergency" waiting list for waiver services can mean joining a list 5,000 people deep.

June 24, 2016
An analysis of dozens of studies shows that a growing number of youths with autism and intellectual disability are being prescribed antipsychotics. (Thinkstock)

More With Developmental Disabilities Medicated, Study Finds

Young people with autism and intellectual disability account for a burgeoning number of those prescribed antipsychotics, new research suggests.

June 17, 2016

New Brewery — Special Ed’s — Sparks Uproar

With slogans like "'tard tested, 'tard approved" and "ride the short bus to special beer," a new brewery is facing sharp criticism even before making its first bottles available.

June 14, 2016

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Self-advocates Loretta Claiborne and Ricardo Thornton alongside comedian Gary Owen and self-advocate Frank Stephens met this week in Washington, D.C. to discuss Owen's Showtime comedy special. (Special Olympics)

‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine Pulled From Showtime

After being blasted by disability advocates, a comic who repeatedly used the word "retard" and mocked people with intellectual disability as part of a Showtime special has removed the content.

June 9, 2016

Community Living Skeptics Often Have Change Of Heart

Despite initial opposition, a new study suggests that many families of those with disabilities required to transition from institutions to community living are ultimately pleased.

May 17, 2016

Seattle To Host 2018 Special Olympics

The massive event, which is estimated to attract thousands of visitors from across the country and generate millions in revenue for the Seattle area, will mark the games' 50th year.

May 17, 2016

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Austin Underwood stands next to his food truck, which will serve specialty hot dogs in Fort Worth, Texas. (Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Teleram/TNS)

Chef With Down Syndrome Opens Food Truck

A rolling restaurant serving up hot dogs with inventive toppings such as "dawg sauce" is helping a 37-year-old with Down syndrome fulfill his dreams.

May 9, 2016
David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks, and Gary Levine, the company's president of programming, speak at an executive panel earlier this year in Pasadena, Calif. Showtime has come under fire from disability advocates for airing programming mocking people with special needs. (Eric Charbonneau/AP Invision for Showtime)

Showtime Under Fire For Airing ‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine

Showtime is taking heat for a comedy special it's airing that includes repeated use of the word "retard" and mocking of people with intellectual disability.

April 27, 2016
The A&E Network documentary series "Born This Way" is one of six shows that will be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as part of its Television Academy Honors. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

TV Show Honored For Highlighting Down Syndrome

A documentary series following the lives of young people with Down syndrome is getting a special honor from the people behind the Emmy Awards.

April 19, 2016

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A $1.125 million grant from Google will help the Center for Discovery develop an add-on to allow manual wheelchairs to be quickly converted into power chairs. (Google.org)

Google Awards Millions For Disability Initiative

Google is doling out millions of dollars all with an eye toward using technology to increase independence for the world's billion people with disabilities.

April 13, 2016

For Man With Special Needs, A Fight To Remain Self-Employed

When his job coaching services were switched to a new agency, a Washington man risked losing the business he spent years cultivating. Then, his family stepped in.

April 12, 2016
Conrad Grant, 7, dribbles a foam basketball while playing with his father, John, at their home in River Forest, Ill. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Parents Find Ways To Mitigate Bullying, Teasing

Families of kids with disabilities are taking a variety of approaches – ranging from letters to presentations and cards to distribute – to proactively educate others about their child's needs.

April 11, 2016

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