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Kayla McKeon

New York Woman Is Nation’s First Lobbyist With Down Syndrome

There are lots of people trying to sway federal lawmakers, but no one else is quite like Kayla McKeon, Capitol Hill's first-ever registered lobbyist with Down syndrome.

June 26, 2018
Cast of "Born This Way"

Down Syndrome Reality Show Returns With Wedding On Tap

A wedding is on the horizon when a reality television show following the lives of adults with Down syndrome comes back later this summer.

June 19, 2018

Book Helps Explain Alzheimer’s To Those With Down Syndrome

At least half of people with Down syndrome will develop Alzheimer's, experts say. Now a book is helping explain the diagnosis in a way those with the chromosomal disorder can understand.

June 15, 2018

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After 42 Years In Institutions, A Home Of Her Own

A woman with intellectual disability who has been housed in state institutions for over four decades may finally get a chance to live in the community after a judge ordered her release.

June 5, 2018

Nation’s Largest Employer Misses Disability Hiring Goal

The U.S. government is falling short on a plan to dramatically increase hiring of people with intellectual disability and other conditions, according to a new report.

May 22, 2018

After 42 years In Institutions, Woman Seeks A Home Of Her Own

Institutionalized for over four decades, Lucretia Felder wants nothing more than to live in a home of her own, but so far no service provider has stepped up to support her in the community.

May 15, 2018

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Inclusion Rates Lagging For Students With Intellectual Disabilities

Under federal law, students with disabilities are supposed to attend class with their typically-developing peers as much as possible, but new research suggests that may not be happening.

May 15, 2018

Athletes, Supporters Celebrate 50 Years Of Special Olympics

Fifty years after the first-ever Special Olympics Games, thousands are coming together to mark society's notable strides in accepting people with disabilities and the challenges that remain.

May 4, 2018

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

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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

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

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