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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ginsburg Remembered For Impact On Disability Rights

Best known for standing up for women's rights, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also played an outsized role in ensuring the rights of people with disabilities, advocates say.

September 22, 2020

Nonprofit Wants To Create 101,000 Jobs For People With Autism

An autism nonprofit in one state is setting an ambitious goal to address the employment needs of residents on the spectrum — to create 101,000 jobs within 10 years.

September 22, 2020

Closed Schools Have To Serve Some Special Ed Students In Person, Experts Say

A recent special education ruling suggests that schools, in certain cases, have an obligation to serve students with disabilities in person — even if the schools are barred from reopening.

September 22, 2020

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Hollywood Continues To Overlook Disability Community, Report Shows

Even with gains in the number of characters with disabilities appearing in popular films, a new report finds that this population still remains largely nonexistent on screen.

September 21, 2020
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Government Agency Recommends Ending Subminimum Wage

A federal civil rights commission is calling for an end to a policy that allows people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage describing the program as "rife with abuse."

September 18, 2020
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At 39, Disability Activist Modeling In Her First Show — At New York Fashion Week

As a teenager in the 1990s, Melissa Blake was interested in fashion. Unfortunately, fashion wasn't much interested in her. Now, at 39, Blake, is a fashion role model herself.

September 18, 2020

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Genetic Testing Can Make Big Difference For Individuals With Autism, Study Finds

Many families of children with autism forgo recommended genetic tests after receiving a diagnosis and that's a mistake, researchers say.

September 17, 2020
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For Kids With Special Needs, Online Schooling Divides Haves And Have-Nots

Virtual classes are aggravating disparities, with widening divides in access to supplies, workspace and parental guidance. The problem is especially acute for children with disabilities.

September 16, 2020
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Target, Disney Expand Costume Options For Those With Special Needs

With Halloween fast approaching, some major retailers are dramatically expanding the costume choices for kids and adults with disabilities.

September 15, 2020

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Advocates Turn To Video Visits To Monitor Facilities, And Find There Are Some Benefits

When the pandemic restricted visits to care facilities, a disability nonprofit faced a dilemma: How do you make sure residents are protected if you can't enter the building?

September 15, 2020

Roommate Program Looks To Improve Disability Caregiving

The "Rumi" program brings together people with developmental disabilities and full-time roommates who care for them in their homes, all at lower cost than traditional group homes.

September 15, 2020
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Hopes Fade For Coronavirus Relief For People With Disabilities

Another round of stimulus checks and long-sought funding to ease the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on home- and community-based services are looking increasingly uncertain.

September 14, 2020

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