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Feds Clarify New Rule For Special Needs Trusts

Special needs trusts have a new level of flexibility and federal officials are working to ensure that state Medicaid directors understand the implications.

August 23, 2017

Research Points To Genetic Link To Cerebral Palsy

A new study finds a stronger genetic link to cerebral palsy than previously thought prompting researchers to recommend genetic testing for those with the most common form of the condition.

August 22, 2017

Paraeducators Eyed To Fill Special Ed Teacher Vacancies

Struggling to find special education teachers, one state is turning to paraeducators to help fill the void.

August 22, 2017

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Disability Suits Fuel Rise In Civil Rights Claims Against Schools

Civil rights lawsuits against schools are on track to double compared to four years ago thanks in large part to disability-related claims, according to a new review of federal court filings.

August 22, 2017
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When Those With Autism Age Out, What’s Next?

With little for her daughter with autism to do after aging out of school, one mom took matters into her own hands organizing regular activities for adults on the spectrum.

August 21, 2017

Study: Early Intervention Pays Off Quickly

Intensive early intervention for kids with autism can be extremely costly, but new research finds that such treatment can pay for itself in short order.

August 18, 2017

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Teen With Down Syndrome Finds Brotherhood In Former MMA Fighter

Often the underdog during his run as a mixed martial arts fighter, a personal trainer is now helping a teenager with Down syndrome learn what he's capable of.

August 18, 2017
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Target Unveils Clothing For Kids With Special Needs

Target is rolling out a collection of sensory-friendly apparel for children and says adaptive clothing for those with disabilities is on the way too.

August 17, 2017
Book club

Book Club Doesn’t Let Disability Get In The Way

Fifteen years ago the idea of creating book clubs for people with developmental disabilities was met with skepticism. But today, chapters are thriving in 34 states and four countries.

August 16, 2017

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Behavior Therapy Benefits Parents Too, Study Finds

Behavior therapy for kids with autism can have an impact that goes far beyond the child, new research suggests, with parents who play an active role in treatment seeing major gains as well.

August 15, 2017

Hotel Looks To Make Stays Easier For Guests With Special Needs

A teen inspired a major hotel to make stays smoother for those who might need amenities like easy-to-use plates and utensils, light-up toys, oversized strollers, iPads or weighted vests.

August 15, 2017
The Grown-Ups

Down Syndrome Documentary Coming To PBS

Deep questions about independence — or lack thereof — for adults with Down syndrome are at the center of a new film that's set to make its television debut.

August 15, 2017

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