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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
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

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Education Department Records Uptick In Special Ed Enrollment

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

February 16, 2017

Lack Of Uniformity In Newborn Testing Under Review

In an effort to prevent treatable conditions from causing permanent disabilities in children, an influential committee said it would study inconsistencies in newborn screening.

February 10, 2017

Walmart Accused Of Disability Discrimination

The EEOC is alleging that the nation's largest private employer violated the ADA by firing a longtime employee with Down syndrome.

January 20, 2017

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Tony Crawley, left, administers medication through his son Rowan's feeding tube.

Caregiving Costly For Special Needs Families

Families of children with special needs provide billions of dollars in unpaid medical care each year, researchers say, significantly compromising their own ability to earn a living.

January 4, 2017

Walmart, Amazon In Hot Water Over ‘Retard’ Mug

Retailers are taking heat after shoppers noticed a mug with the phrase "got retard?" available for sale.

December 13, 2016

Boy With Down Syndrome Officially A Published Model

After initially being passed over by a talent agency because of his special needs, a young boy with Down syndrome is now front and center in an advertising campaign for OshKosh B'gosh.

December 6, 2016

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Supreme Court Weighs Legal Standard For Intellectual Disability

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether a standard for intellectual disability based on a character from "Of Mice and Men" can be used to determine eligibility for the death penalty.

November 29, 2016

Special Olympics Allegedly Stiffed By Sponsor

The nonprofit that runs sporting events around the world for those with intellectual disabilities is suing a company for allegedly failing to pay $270,000 in promised sponsorship fees.

November 15, 2016
Toys R Us

Toys R Us Testing Special Needs Accommodations

As the holiday season approaches, a national retailer is exploring ways to make shopping more friendly for kids with special needs and their families.

November 4, 2016

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