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Mikayla Holmgren

Beauty Pageant Contestant With Down Syndrome Set To Make History

When Mikayla Holmgren competes in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, it's believed that she will be the first in the country to head down the road that crowns Miss USA and Miss Universe.

April 26, 2017
Hippotherapy

Study Backs Therapeutic Benefits Of Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is frequently offered for people with developmental disabilities and now a new analysis suggests that the activity really does have a therapeutic benefit.

April 25, 2017

Best Buddies’ Charitable Contributions Face Scrutiny

Tom Brady has helped Best Buddies raise significant cash, but an investigation finds the developmental disabilities nonprofit has simultaneously funneled millions to the NFL star's charity.

April 25, 2017

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Teacher Accused Of Biting Student With Special Needs

An elementary school teacher has been arrested after police say she bit a 4-year-old boy with autism because he wasn't following instructions.

April 25, 2017
"Born This Way"

With New Season, Down Syndrome Reality Show Broadens Focus

A reality television show about a group of young adults with Down syndrome is set to return with a new season that will also explore the experiences of children with the chromosomal disorder.

April 24, 2017

Most Housing Discrimination Complaints Related To Disabilities

People with disabilities appear to be disproportionately affected by housing discrimination, with a new report finding that disability issues accounted for over half of complaints last year.

April 21, 2017

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Classroom Behavior Lands 10-Year-Old With ASD In Jail

A 10-year-old boy with autism was arrested, spent the night in jail and faces a third-degree felony charge, all for allegedly kicking a teacher at school last fall.

April 21, 2017
A boy with autism

Wandering May Be Treatable, Study Finds

Many kids with disabilities have a tendency to wander away from safe places — with potentially tragic consequences — but a new study suggests that it's possible to mitigate such behavior.

April 20, 2017
Ben Affleck in "The Accountant"

Ben Affleck To Appear At New Autism Film Festival

A first-of-its-kind film festival featuring movies tied to autism is set to kick off with some major star power.

April 19, 2017

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Most With Autism Steer Clear Of Driving

Though the majority of young people with high-functioning autism choose not to get behind the wheel, new research suggests that a substantial number seek the independence that driving offers.

April 18, 2017

Special Education Often An Uphill Battle For Military Families

With frequent moves and parents who are away for work, obtaining appropriate special education services for children with disabilities in military families can be especially tough.

April 18, 2017
Disney's Magic Kingdom

Judge Finds ‘No Basis’ For ADA Claims Against Disney

A second federal judge has rejected claims from families who sued Disney over changes to disability access, but a lawyer representing the kids and their parents isn't backing down.

April 18, 2017

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