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CDC Study Pinpoints Prevalence Of Intellectual Disability

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are offering up a new estimate of the number of American children with intellectual disability.

January 21, 2021

Pandemic Could Hurt Home-Based Care For Kids With 24/7 Needs

Every state now offers a program providing home health care to kids with severe needs, but the pandemic has worsened worker shortages and raised fears that tightening budgets might mean cuts.

January 20, 2021

Disability Discrimination In Health Care Under Scrutiny

Federal officials are weighing a rewrite of regulations designed to ensure that people with disabilities do not face discrimination from medical providers amid concerns about unequal access.

January 19, 2021

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Employing Staff On The Spectrum, Car Wash Looks To Expand

A car wash built to employ people with autism has found enough success to expand to a third location that's expected to be fully staffed by those with the developmental disorder.

January 19, 2021
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Biden Plan Would End Subminimum Wage, Offer Stimulus Checks To More With Disabilities

President-elect Joe Biden wants to do away with a decades-old option to pay workers with disabilities less than minimum wage while giving stimulus payments to more people in this population.

January 18, 2021

Lawsuit: Teen With Autism Died After Police Sat On Him For More Than 9 Minutes

The parents of a teen with severe autism who died last year have sued claiming that seven officers restrained the teen face-down for more than nine minutes while responding to a meltdown.

January 18, 2021

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Autism Families Report Major Impacts From Pandemic

A new survey finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted autism symptoms to worsen and "significant, ongoing disruptions to therapies" for those on the spectrum.

January 15, 2021

School District’s Special Ed Services During COVID-19 Under Investigation

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating concerns that students with disabilities went without specialized instruction — and some teachers weren't allowed to provide it.

January 15, 2021
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New Law Aims To Expand Access To Respite Care

Federal funding to support respite care for families of those with disabilities and other special needs will increase dramatically under legislation signed by President Donald Trump this month.

January 14, 2021

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Therapists Who Help Tots With Developmental Delays See Big Drop In Referrals

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of children referred to early intervention has plummeted leaving therapists worried that the kids being missed could face long-term consequences.

January 13, 2021
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Cats May Improve Social Skills In Kids With Autism

Adopting a cat can make a big difference for kids with autism, new research suggests.

January 12, 2021

Trump Administration Approves First Medicaid Block Grant

The plan, long opposed by disability advocates, would give one state broad authority in running the health insurance program in exchange for capping its annual federal funding.

January 12, 2021

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