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Despite Law, Funds To Address Wandering Remain In Limbo

A new law calls for the government to provide free tracking devices and other resources for kids with developmental disabilities who wander, but it's anyone's guess when that will happen.

April 23, 2018

Schools Teaching Students In Special Ed How To Code

They may not grow up to be programmers, but teachers say that coding lessons are helping students in special education learn to problem solve, overcome obstacles and collaborate with peers.

April 20, 2018

Asperger’s Controversial Past: Doctor Behind Syndrome Linked To Nazis

A new paper and a forthcoming book are bringing claims that the physician for whom Asperger's syndrome was named had ties to the Nazi Party and its euthanasia efforts.

April 20, 2018

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Supreme Court Ruling Alters IEP Landscape

In light of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on special education, legal experts say parents should educate themselves and be prepared ahead of their child's next IEP meeting.

April 19, 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

Caregivers Lobby For Better Pay

Direct support workers are typically only paid minimum wage, but a coalition of service providers is arguing that caregiving is not an entry-level job and compensation should be more fitting.

April 17, 2018

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Unique Program Teaching Kids With Special Needs To Avoid Harmful Drugs

Though they're at greater risk for substance abuse, people with disabilities are often overlooked in prevention strategies. A first-of-its-kind program is looking to change that.

April 17, 2018
Social Security office

Trump Signs Bill Adding Protections For Social Security, SSI Recipients

Individuals tasked with handling Social Security payments for people with disabilities will be subject to greater scrutiny under a new law signed by President Donald Trump.

April 17, 2018

Will The FDA Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs?

Just one place in the country is known to use electric shock devices to modify the behavior of people with developmental disabilities. Advocates want to put an end to the practice.

April 16, 2018

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Concerns Raised Over Response To Murder Of Woman With Disability

When a child is killed by a parent, people are typically outraged — unless the victim has a disability. Then, there's a tendency to rationalize the slaying, advocates say.

April 13, 2018
School desks

Nation’s Report Card Shows Students With Disabilities Lagging

A routine look at how fourth and eighth graders across the country are performing in reading and math finds children with disabilities struggling to make progress.

April 13, 2018

Zappos, PBS Launching Apparel For Children With Special Needs

PBS KIDS is working with Zappos to introduce a clothing line aimed at meeting the unique sensory and adaptive needs of kids with disabilities.

April 12, 2018

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