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Disability Advocates Fret As Government Shutdown Looms

With lawmakers on Capitol Hill struggling to reach a deal to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month, advocates say that people with disabilities have a lot at stake.

September 22, 2023
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School Districts Sue Over Rule Extending Special Ed Through Age 22

A school boards association and three districts are suing one state to stop a new requirement that schools offer services to students with disabilities through age 22.

September 22, 2023
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Drinking Diet Soda During Pregnancy Linked To Autism, Study Finds

A new study found a link between boys diagnosed with autism and their mothers regularly drinking diet soda or a comparable amount of the artificial sweetener aspartame while pregnant or breastfeeding.

September 21, 2023

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Ed Department Offers Up Nearly $199 Million To Improve Outcomes For Students With Disabilities

The federal government is investing big bucks to tackle the needs of young people with disabilities as they transition to adulthood.

September 20, 2023
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House Panel Advances Bill Clarifying Parents’ Rights At IEP Meetings

Legislation designed to ensure that parents of students with disabilities are aware of a key right during individualized education program meetings is moving forward in Congress.

September 19, 2023

California Spends $14 Billion On People With Disabilities. Why Do Some Go Without Help?

California law requires the state to serve and support individuals with developmental disabilities, but many families report persistent and often maddening roadblocks in trying to obtain assistance.

September 19, 2023

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Candy Store Provides Opportunity For Employees With IDD

A nonprofit candy shop is offering its employees with disabilities a chance to learn vital workplace skills in a safe environment.

September 19, 2023
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Feds Urged To Classify Disability As A Health Disparity

Advocates are asking the Biden administration to step in after a government panel squashed plans to put more resources toward addressing the persistent disparities people with disabilities face.

September 18, 2023
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Walmart Sued By EEOC For Screening Out Employees With Disabilities

The nation's largest retailer illegally subjected workers with disabilities across the country to testing as a condition of keeping their jobs, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

September 15, 2023

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Social Security, SSI Likely To See Increase As Lawmakers Eye Reforms

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits are expected to rise again next year, a new estimate shows, and more changes to the SSI program could soon be on the way.

September 14, 2023
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Pastor Calls Autism ‘Demonic,’ Says It Can Be ‘Healed’ With Prayer

The pastor of a Baptist church in Missouri has doubled down on comments saying autism is caused by "demonic" forces despite pushback from people in his community and online.

September 14, 2023
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Teen With Cerebral Palsy Wins $1 Million ‘Ninja Warrior’ Prize

As a kid with cerebral palsy, Vance Walker was told that he might not ever walk without some form of assistance. Now, the 18-year-old is the best ninja warrior in the nation.

September 13, 2023

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