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U.S. Department of Education

Trump Administration Cautioned Against Changing IDEA Policy

Disability advocates and former federal special education officials are warning of possible Trump administration moves to alter policy related to a central tenet of IDEA.

July 22, 2019
U.S. Capitol

House Votes To End Subminimum Wage

For the first time, federal lawmakers have approved legislation that would end a practice allowing employers to pay people with disabilities less than minimum wage.

July 19, 2019
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Goodwill Takes Heat For Halting Pay For Workers With Disabilities

After a local Goodwill announced it would stop paying many workers with disabilities, the nonprofit rescinded the decision and apologized but not before facing significant backlash.

July 19, 2019

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Autism Mostly Caused By Genetics, Study Finds

In what's being called the largest study of its kind, researchers say that the likelihood of developing autism is overwhelmingly rooted in a person's genetic makeup.

July 18, 2019
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Despite Success, Federal Funding Plummets For Special Ed Preschool

Programs for preschoolers with disabilities are required by law. But as the number of students needing services has doubled, funding per child has decreased 40 percent in two decades.

July 17, 2019
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Surge In Voters With Disabilities May Influence 2020 Election

Significantly more people with disabilities cast ballots last year, according to a new report suggesting that this demographic is poised to have a big impact in the 2020 presidential race.

July 16, 2019

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Feds Warn Against Changing ‘Handicapped’ Signs

Efforts to adopt more "dynamic" accessibility signs have come to a screeching halt in one state after the Federal Highway Administration said such a change could mean losing out on funding.

July 16, 2019

Service Provider Sued Over Alleged ‘Dickensian’ Conditions

A residential facility for those with disabilities failed to provide children with required medication or appropriate supervision and attempted to cover up assaults, according to a lawsuit.

July 16, 2019
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After 13 Years, Pioneering Autism Research Registry Shuts Down

A first-of-its-kind autism registry that collected research data from thousands of families has closed after 13 years and hundreds of studies on everything from bullying to mood disorders.

July 15, 2019

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Most States Failing To Meet Requirements Under IDEA

Fewer than half of states are meeting their obligations to properly serve students with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education says.

July 12, 2019

Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit Sets Medical Malpractice Record

In what attorneys say is the largest such verdict ever in the United States, a jury awarded the family of a girl with cerebral palsy $229.6 million over the circumstances surrounding her birth.

July 12, 2019

Wheelchair Users May Soon Have More Chances To Hail Lyft, Uber Rides

As Lyft and Uber became part of the nation's transportation systems, many people with disabilities felt left on the sidelines. That's slowly starting to change.

July 11, 2019

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