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Disability Service Providers Face ‘Unprecedented’ Labor Shortage

The pandemic has exacerbated an existing shortage of direct support professionals, forcing family caregivers to pick up the slack and some disability providers to close their doors.

July 28, 2021
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On ADA Anniversary, Biden Recommits To Disability Rights

President Joe Biden used a White House ceremony marking the anniversary of the ADA to push his plans to spend billions on home and community-based services and end subminimum wage.

July 27, 2021

Advocates Reflect On FDA Overturning Ban On Electric Shock Devices

Disability advocates have been fighting the use electric shock devices for decades. In 2020, they got a win when the FDA banned the devices, but earlier this month that ban was overturned.

July 27, 2021

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Mom Of Child With Autism Started T-Shirt And Vending Business For 1 Reason: Routine

In order to give her son with autism structure, one mom created a business that involves her kids and reinforces their routine.

July 27, 2021
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ACT Will Honor IEP, 504 Plan Accommodations

A major standardized test maker is taking steps to make it easier for students with disabilities to access accommodations.

July 26, 2021
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Disability Advocates Warn $400 Billion Community-Based Services Plan Could Get Chopped

An ambitious Biden administration plan to invest $400 billion to transform home and community-based services and get people with disabilities off waiting lists is in jeopardy, advocates say.

July 23, 2021

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Following Loss Of Parents, Community Steps In To Care For Man With Special Needs

Since a young adult with special needs lost both of his parents in 2018, people around town have made sure he has everything from a home and a bicycle to regular haircuts, new clothes and more.

July 23, 2021

Britney Spears Case Spurs Bipartisan Bill Against Conservatorship Abuse

The proposed bill would impose new safeguards and allow conservatees to have their private guardian replaced with an independent public guardian without having to prove misconduct or abuse.

July 22, 2021
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Paralympic Gold Medalist Withdraws From Tokyo Games After Being Denied Aide

A two-time Paralympic swimmer who is deaf and blind is withdrawing from the Tokyo games, saying that she had "no choice" after being told she couldn't have a personal care assistant accompany her.

July 21, 2021

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Most States Struggling To Fulfill IDEA Requirements

More than half of states are falling behind in meeting their responsibilities to students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, federal officials say.

July 20, 2021

Olympics Composer Steps Down Over Bullying Of Classmates With Disabilities

Just days before the Olympics get underway, the composer who worked on the opening ceremony resigned over having bullied classmates, including those with disabilities, during his childhood.

July 20, 2021

Family Suing After Maskless Student With Disability Barred From School

The high schooler has a speech-related disability that makes it hard for him to pronounce certain sounds and letters — and also means he cannot wear a mask safely, according to a lawsuit.

July 20, 2021

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