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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
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

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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

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

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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

Boy With Down Syndrome Named Gerber Baby

In a first, this year's Gerber baby is a young boy with Down syndrome.

February 7, 2018

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"Born This Way"

Down Syndrome Reality Show Wins Critics’ Choice Award

A reality show about the lives of several young adults with Down syndrome is picking up another award.

January 12, 2018

When It Comes To Special Ed, Quality Can Depend On Zip Code

The law says students with disabilities deserve to learn. In some districts, parents say that's not happening.

December 13, 2017

Mom, Daughter With Down Syndrome Win $45,000 In Cooking Contest

A 5-year-old with Down syndrome and her mother will take home thousands after their recipe won an Uncle Ben's cooking contest for school-age children.

December 8, 2017

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