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COVID-19 Was Leading Killer Of People With Developmental Disabilities

New research finds that people with developmental disabilities were much more likely to die from COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic than others.

September 26, 2022

Lawsuit: Parents Say Special Education Cases Are Rigged Against Them

In just over a decade, hearing officers in one state ruled for parents in only 13 of 847 cases, according to a federal class action lawsuit.

September 26, 2022
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$100 Million Going Toward Autism Research

The National Institutes of Health is making major investments into research projects looking at how autism impacts a person's development, sleep, mental health, aging and more.

September 23, 2022

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Staffing Problems Prompt Safety Concerns For Students With Disabilities

Support staff who assist students with disabilities in one school district are speaking out about unsafe conditions caused by staff shortages.

September 23, 2022
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In First, Feds Issue National Strategy To Support Family Caregivers

Federal health officials are putting forth a national strategy to address the needs of family caregivers, acknowledging the challenges faced by millions who care for those with IDD and other issues.

September 22, 2022
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As Institutions Close, Families Of Longtime Residents Face Agonizing Choices

Under federal pressure to improve care for people with IDD, Iowa is set to join 45 other states that have closed most or all of their institutions, leaving families with wrenching choices.

September 21, 2022

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Lollapalooza, Other Major Music Festivals To Welcome Those With Disabilities

A new effort will open the gates of some of the nation's most popular music festivals to more people with disabilities.

September 20, 2022

Can Artificial Intelligence Detect Autism Doctors Miss?

Researchers are testing an app that uses AI to analyze toddlers' movements, eye positions and facial expressions to see whether computers can offer a more objective way of diagnosing autism.

September 20, 2022

Apartment-Style Classroom Prepares Students In Special Ed For Life After High School

Through lessons in an apartment setting, high school students with disabilities are gaining hands-on experience with everything from cooking and laundry to maintaining an exercise routine.

September 20, 2022

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New Proposal In Congress Would Remove ‘Mentally Retarded’ From Federal Law

Years after the term "mental retardation" was stripped from many federal statutes, numerous references to "mentally retarded" remain. Now, a bipartisan group in Congress wants to change that.

September 19, 2022
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Workforce Crisis In IDD Sector Costing Millions

Survey findings from industry stakeholders in one state show that a staffing crisis at residential facilities for those with developmental disabilities is costing more than $100 million a year.

September 16, 2022
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Court Victories Deliver Cautious Hope For Voters With Disabilities

More than 20 states enacted a wave of barriers to the ballot process in recent years. Protecting the rights of voters with disabilities is one area in which advocates have successfully pushed back.

September 16, 2022

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