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Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Congress Weighs Renewal Of Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

After years in limbo, advocates say a deal is in the works to permanently renew a popular federal program that moves people with disabilities from institutions to the community.

December 12, 2019
Greta Thunberg

Teen With Asperger’s Named Time Person Of The Year

Greta Thunberg, who has Asperger's syndrome and emerged as the face of the fight against climate change, is the youngest person ever selected to be Time magazine's Person of the Year.

December 11, 2019
ABA therapy session

Nation Experiencing Severe Shortage Of Autism Therapists

Most states don't have nearly enough therapists trained to meet the needs of young people with autism, according to a first-ever review of the availability of ABA providers.

December 11, 2019

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Cruise ship

Cruise Line Going ‘Sensory Inclusive’

A major cruise operator is training its staff, offering up tools and taking other steps to welcome people with disabilities in a move they say is an industry first.

December 10, 2019

New Center To Treat Adults With Autism

People with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities often have few places to go for treatment when they are no longer children. A new center is set to focus specifically on adults.

December 10, 2019

Why Those With Disabilities Wait Years For Programs They Need To Live On Their Own

Despite a court order requiring one state to shrink its waiting list, most adults with developmental disabilities wait seven years or longer for services.

December 10, 2019

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Family entering home

Feds Work To Protect Parents With Intellectual Disabilities

Federal officials say that a state has agreed to change its ways after child welfare workers sought to remove children from their mom and dad allegedly because of the parents' low IQs.

December 9, 2019
Born This Way cast

Down Syndrome Reality Show Set To Wrap

A groundbreaking reality television show documenting the lives of young adults with Down syndrome is coming to an end.

December 6, 2019

Death And Deals: Children With Special Needs Suffer, Private Equity Profits

At-home children's nursing care is dominated by a company assembled through a series of corporate takeovers that has two goals — quality care and maximizing profit.

December 6, 2019

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City Is Nation’s First To Be Autism Certified

A community-wide effort to train businesses and other entities to welcome people on the spectrum has led one city to become the country's first designated as autism certified.

December 5, 2019
School classroom

Investigation Finds Significant Barriers To Pursuing IDEA Disputes

IDEA provides parents certain options if they're unsatisfied with the education their children are receiving, but government investigators say only some families are able to take advantage.

December 4, 2019
Google headquarters

Google Seeks Help From People With Down Syndrome

From Siri to Alexa, voice assistants are everywhere, but the technology tends to miss every third word that people with Down syndrome say. Now a new effort is underway to change that.

December 3, 2019

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