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A boy with autism

Wandering May Be Treatable, Study Finds

Many kids with disabilities have a tendency to wander away from safe places — with potentially tragic consequences — but a new study suggests that it's possible to mitigate such behavior.

April 20, 2017

Group Homes Prioritizing Profits Over Safety, Investigation Finds

A multi-billion-dollar industry that runs group homes and other community-based facilities has largely supplanted institutions, but lax oversight is reportedly putting residents at risk.

April 12, 2017

Sheltered Workshops Get Reprieve

Officials in one state are reversing course after an outcry over plans to transition people with developmental disabilities from sheltered workshops to community-based settings.

March 24, 2017

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Actress Lauren Potter

Celebrities Take Aim At ‘Special Needs’

With a new short film, a handful of famous faces are using offbeat humor to question whether the needs of people with Down syndrome truly are "special."

March 21, 2017

Adults With Disabilities Become Radio ‘Rock Stars’

A morning radio show written and produced by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is offering social skills and employment training alongside plenty of laughs.

March 17, 2017
Lori Bolton

Remote Monitoring Replacing Some Direct Support Staff

People with developmental disabilities are increasingly relying on a mix of sensors, cameras and other electronic devices that can alleviate the need for around-the-clock staff.

March 15, 2017

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Twins Share Unique Bond Even As Chromosome Divides Them

Life could not be more different for the Toronczak twins — one is an elite college swimmer while the other has Down syndrome and is nonverbal. Nonetheless, the pair share an unbreakable bond.

March 10, 2017
A high school cheer squad includes students with and without disabilities

Poll Finds Widespread Use Of ‘Retard’

Despite the efforts of disability advocates, a new national poll finds use of the word "retard" remains commonplace and many Americans see nothing wrong with it.

March 2, 2017
Jon Atkins during The Body Sculpting Open Championships

Born With Down Syndrome, Shy Teen Competes In Bodybuilding

Life hasn't been easy for Jon Atkins. At 19, he can read 30 or so words and fine motor skills remain frustrating. But he found something he's pretty good at: bodybuilding.

February 27, 2017

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Destiny Sanchez carries the torch

GoFundMe Looks To Help Athletes With Disabilities

As thousands of athletes with disabilities from around the world prepare to converge upon the Special Olympics, they're getting some help to make their way.

February 21, 2017

Teen With Intellectual Disability Locked In Legal Limbo

Six in 10 youths in Florida juvenile justice programs are believed to have developmental disabilities. Experts say some are capable of understanding the legal system, but many never will be.

February 21, 2017
School bus

Education Department Records Uptick In Special Ed Enrollment

The number of American schoolchildren receiving special education services is on the rise.

February 16, 2017

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