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TV Season Set For Record High Disability Representation

There are more characters with disabilities set to appear on prime-time television this season than ever before, according to a new report, though representation still falls far short.

November 15, 2019
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Disability-Related Hate Crimes Up Sharply, FBI Data Shows

Newly-released data indicates that hate crime incidents targeting people with disabilities are on the rise.

November 14, 2019
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Educators Charged In Death Of Teen With Autism Restrained At School

Prosecutors have filed involuntary manslaughter charges against administrators and a teacher at a school where a student with autism died after being restrained face down for nearly two hours.

November 14, 2019

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Bank Began Hiring People With Disabilities 20 Years Ago, And It Paid Off

For two decades, a team of people with intellectual disabilities has provided support services for what is now Bank of America, saving the company money while boasting its lowest turnover rate.

November 13, 2019
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Autism Speaks Revenue Surges

The nation's largest autism advocacy group is reporting a big spike in fundraising.

November 12, 2019

How This Peanut Butter Falcon Changed The Face Of Education

On his road to becoming the lead actor in a major motion picture, Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome, first had to blast through roadblocks thrown by a resistant school district.

November 12, 2019

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Online Matching Service Pairs Adult Roommates With Developmental Disabilities

An online service that's believed to be the first of its kind is helping people with developmental disabilities find compatible roommates and settle into homes independent from their families.

November 11, 2019

Manager Who Enslaved Man With Intellectual Disability Gets 10 years In Prison

A restaurant manager who used violence, threats, isolation and intimidation to force a man with intellectual disability to work for years without pay was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

November 11, 2019
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Trump Plan Would Weaken Disability Housing Protections, Advocates Say

A new Trump administration rule could make it harder for people with developmental disabilities and others to lodge discrimination complaints under the federal Fair Housing Act.

November 8, 2019

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Nation’s Largest Health Insurer Fined Over Autism Claims

Officials in one state announced a $1 million fine against insurance giant UnitedHealthcare for improperly handling claims related to autism and other mental health care.

November 8, 2019
TV

Report: Characters With Disabilities ‘Marginalized’ In Kids’ TV, Movies

Characters with disabilities are largely missing from children's television and film and when they are shown, they're routinely portrayed as helpless, a new report finds.

November 7, 2019

Grassroots Movement Educating First Responders On Special Needs Interactions

Spurred by the death of a man with Down syndrome at the hands of off-duty sheriff's deputies, families are making it their mission to educate first responders about people with disabilities.

November 6, 2019

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