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Freddie Mac To Support Housing For Those With IDD

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac is planning to issue millions of dollars in "social bonds" to support housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the country.

June 15, 2021

State Scrambles For Solutions As Major Disability Services Provider Plans Exit

Following years of scrutiny for abuse and neglect, a disability provider is shutting down its group homes and services forcing big changes for many with developmental disabilities.

June 15, 2021

Nonprofit Aims To Keep Adults With Autism From Falling Off ‘The Cliff’

Many adults with autism fall off "the cliff" after they age out of formal schooling at 21. A bold new project seeks to change that.

June 15, 2021

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Feds Launch Hotline To Help People With Disabilities Access COVID-19 Vaccines

A new push is underway to help more people with disabilities get vaccinated against COVID-19.

June 14, 2021
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Pediatricians Urged To Avoid Certain Tests For Kids With Autism

Pediatricians and families are being urged to think twice before going forward with a handful of clinical tests for kids with autism and other disabilities.

June 11, 2021

Biden Administration Will Defend Law That Denies SSI Benefits To Some

Residents of Puerto Rico and other territories are excluded from SSI and President Joe Biden says the Justice Department will defend a law keeping it that way even though he wants it changed.

June 11, 2021

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Ed Department Wants Feedback On Discipline Of Students With Disabilities

Students with disabilities often face more disciplinary action at school than other kids and federal officials say they're looking for ideas about how to put an end to the disparity.

June 10, 2021

Advocates Say Housing Project Would Institutionalize People With Disabilities

A proposed $40 million community for 185 adults with intellectual disabilities is facing opposition from advocates who contend that the development is nothing more than a new institution.

June 9, 2021
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State Will Pay $100K, Modify Disability Services Under Agreement With Feds

After state restrictions left a man with intellectual disabilities at serious risk of having to move to a congregate setting in order to access the services he needs, federal officials stepped in.

June 8, 2021

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Training For Capitol Hill Staffers Key To Shifting Attitudes On Accessibility

Many staffers are heading back to Capitol Hill and visitors aren't far behind, but the return is prompting questions about gaps in physical and digital accessibility in Congress.

June 8, 2021

Teen Math Whiz With Disability Accepted To Harvard, MIT And Caltech

For all of his 18 years, Ben Lou's physical disabilities have made him dependent on others 24 hours a day. But the teen's mental abilities have no limitations.

June 8, 2021
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FDA Approves Device To Help Detect Autism

Federal regulators authorized a first-of-its-kind device to help doctors determine whether a child has autism, potentially allowing kids to be diagnosed sooner by avoiding waits for specialists.

June 7, 2021

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