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Ed Department Cracking Down On Restraint, Seclusion In Schools

The U.S. Department of Education is launching a wide-ranging initiative to "address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion" among students with disabilities.

January 18, 2019

Woman Charged In Alleged $9 Million Fraud Involving Behavior Therapy

Federal authorities are seeking to recover $9 million that they say a woman stole in a scheme involving false medical bills for treating children with autism.

January 18, 2019

New Group To Focus On Severe Autism

Amid a bevy of existing autism organizations, a new national nonprofit is hoping to stand out by giving voice to the particular needs of people on the severe end of the spectrum.

January 17, 2019

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How A Dental Clinic Is Filling A Void For Those With Special Needs

People with disabilities frequently struggle to find dentists willing to take on their care, but in an unassuming brick hospital building lies a clinic specifically for this population.

January 16, 2019

Study Pinpoints Down Syndrome Milestones

Individuals with Down syndrome continue to learn new skills well into adulthood, according to a study that's offering a timetable of what to expect from those with the chromosomal disorder.

January 15, 2019
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Girls On The Spectrum Often Go Unnoticed

Though boys with autism are estimated to outnumber girls by 4-1, experts now say that may be because many females are overlooked.

January 15, 2019

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Country Club To Become Community For Adults With Special Needs

A former golf course will be the site of 300 new homes, a third of which will be for those with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities, and the remainder will be for sale to the public.

January 15, 2019
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Feds Weigh Changes To Work Rules For People With Disabilities

The Trump administration is planning to rethink existing regulations that radically altered the transition from school to work for people with disabilities.

January 14, 2019

‘Mystery Shopper’ Experiment Finds Charters Often Snub Those With Special Needs

Inquiries to thousands of schools across the country show that students with special needs are routinely ignored by charter schools before they even get a chance to apply.

January 11, 2019

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SeaWorld Water Park Now A Certified Autism Center

Aquatica Orlando — SeaWorld's water park — has put staff through training and added more resources for visitors to become an official certified autism center.

January 11, 2019
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Report: Waiting Lists For Medicaid Waivers Up, Competitive Employment Down

More people are on waiting lists, fewer are competitively employed and access to services remains uneven, according to a new report that ranks states on developmental disability services.

January 10, 2019

Video Shows Teacher Dragging Student With Disabilities

In what advocates in one state say is at least the fourth such incident this school year, video has surfaced of a teacher dragging a student with disabilities reportedly having a meltdown.

January 9, 2019

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