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Napping May Interfere With Learning In Those With Down Syndrome

While naps typically help young people retain information they've learned, new research suggests that the opposite may be true for those with Down syndrome.

November 1, 2018

Brothers With Special Needs Among Pittsburgh Shooting Victims

Cecil and David Rosenthal, both of whom had developmental disabilities, were regulars at the Tree of Life synagogue where a gunman killed 11 worshipers over the weekend.

October 30, 2018

Disability Groups Step Up Efforts To Reach Minority Families

Support and advocacy organizations often fall short in reflecting the diversity of Americans with disabilities, but some are looking to change that.

October 23, 2018

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NIH Boosts Down Syndrome Research Funding

Federal officials are committing millions of new dollars to Down syndrome research and they say even more money may be on the way.

October 15, 2018

Early Aging Presents Challenges For Those With Down Syndrome

They helped blaze the trail for community-based housing, but nearly six decades into raising their son with Down syndrome, one couple is facing the challenge of a child who's out-aging them.

October 9, 2018
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Businesses Increasingly Hiring People With Disabilities

With employers facing a tight labor market, falling unemployment rates among people with disabilities suggest more hiring managers are opening their eyes to this untapped pool of workers.

October 5, 2018

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Theater Program Gives Stage To Children With Disabilities

A program pairing performers with special needs alongside peer mentors to stage well-known musicals is now in 16 states with sights on becoming the "Special Olympics for theater."

October 2, 2018
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Netflix Defends Use Of ‘Retarded’

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is defending a segment featuring the word "retarded" that airs on the streaming service saying that such language falls within the bounds of "creative expression."

September 24, 2018

New Documentary Questions IQ As A Measure Of Intelligence

A film challenging what it means to have intellectual disability is set to screen at theaters across the country.

September 18, 2018

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Behavioral Crises Landing People With Disabilities In ER

They aren't injured or physically ill, but tendencies to act aggressively and violently mean some people with developmental disabilities have nowhere to go other than the emergency room.

September 14, 2018
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Former ‘SNL’ Star In Hot Water Over Down Syndrome Comments

While making the rounds to promote his new show, a former "Saturday Night Live" funnyman is taking heat for using the term "Down syndrome" in a derogatory way.

September 13, 2018

Families Of Kids With Special Needs Say Military Is Failing Them

Eight years after legal requirements were set in motion to "enhance and improve" support for those with special needs, families say the military has failed to follow through.

September 11, 2018

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