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Feds Take Steps To Shore Up Disability Caregiver Workforce

The Biden administration is rolling out a host of new initiatives aimed at addressing the severe shortage of workers supporting people with disabilities living in the community.

February 29, 2024
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Autism Diagnoses Are Soaring. Here’s How Some Colleges Are Responding

Almost all campuses have an office that provides resources to students with documented disabilities, but comprehensive support programs for autism are rare. That's starting to change.

February 28, 2024
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Disability Employment Hits Record High

The number of people with disabilities across the nation who are employed is at its highest level since federal officials started keeping track.

February 27, 2024

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Accessible Travel, A $58 Billion Market, Gets Its First One-Stop Shop

With travel spending soaring, a startup specializing in accessible vacations is expanding from its focus on hotels to include everything from flights to airport transfers and car rentals.

February 27, 2024

Parents Sue Founder Of Trust Fund That Lost $100 Million

The founder of a nonprofit that administers special needs trusts is accused of draining more than 1,500 funds set up for individuals with disabilities and others with complex medical needs.

February 27, 2024
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States Skirt Testing Requirement For Students In Special Education

Very few students are supposed to take alternate assessments intended for those with the most significant disabilities, but states are routinely exceeding the limit despite major ramifications for kids.

February 26, 2024

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How Common Is Intellectual Disability Among Adults?

A new study is among the first to estimate the number of adults in the U.S. with intellectual disability, offering policymakers and other stakeholders a snapshot of the need for resources.

February 23, 2024
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Faced With Special Ed Staff Vacancies, One Elementary Turned To Parents For Help

After years struggling to fill positions, one school has a full special education staff thanks to a half-dozen parents and caregivers who stepped into the open support staff roles.

February 23, 2024
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Ancient DNA Reveals Down Syndrome In 5,000-Year-Old Remains

An expansive analysis of DNA from ancient remains has revealed cases of Down syndrome from the past offering evidence that people with the disorder were treated similarly to others in their community.

February 22, 2024

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Starbucks Transforming Stores To Improve Disability Access

Starbucks is making big changes to ensure that its stores are more inclusive and accessible to employees and customers with disabilities in a move that's intended to serve as a model for other retailers.

February 21, 2024
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Ed Department Needs More Funding To Investigate Disability Complaints, Advocates Say

Federal education officials need twice as much money to keep up with a flood of complaints alleging discrimination against students with disabilities and others in the nation's schools.

February 20, 2024
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Study Finds Widely Available Drug May Lower Anxiety In Those With Autism

New research suggests that a decades-old drug can alleviate anxiety issues in kids and young adults with autism.

February 20, 2024

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