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Study: Among Vaccinated, Those With Down Syndrome Face Highest Risk From COVID-19

People with Down syndrome are the most likely of all vaccinated adults to die from COVID-19, new research suggests.

September 24, 2021

Senator Wants To Increase SSI Benefits That Haven’t Been Updated In Decades

With a hearing this week, one senator is pushing for major changes to the long-overlooked Supplemental Security Income program's modest benefits and low asset limits.

September 24, 2021
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Hallmark Movie To Feature Actor With Autism

Hallmark is putting autism front and center in its signature holiday movie lineup with a film starring an actor on the spectrum and an actress with well-known ties to the autism community.

September 23, 2021

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For People With Disabilities, Few Good Options During Disasters

With extended power outages and other slow-burning consequences, the aftermath of Hurricane Ida exposed just how vulnerable people with developmental disabilities are.

September 22, 2021
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FDA Wants Court To Reconsider Ban On Shock Devices For Those With IDD

The Food and Drug Administration is fighting back after a federal court overturned its ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

September 21, 2021
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Intervention For Babies Greatly Reduces Odds Of Autism Diagnosis, Study Finds

A first-of-its-kind study finds that intervention for infants showing signs of autism can dramatically reduce symptom severity and lessen the chance that a child will later be diagnosed.

September 21, 2021

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Changes Wrought By Pandemic Helped People With Disabilities. They’re Not Ready To Give Them Up

Some people with disabilities say they're hesitant about going back to in-person services and want to keep things virtual, but the practicality of whether that's possible remains uncertain.

September 21, 2021

Feds Push Back On State’s 5-Year Residency Requirement For Medicaid Waivers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says a new law in one state requiring individuals with IDD to be residents for five years before they can apply for waivers is "not permitted."

September 20, 2021
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Congress May Halve Biden’s $400 Billion Plan To Boost Disability Services

President Joe Biden proposed a massive $400 billion investment in Medicaid home and community-based services earlier this year, but now Congress is considering less than half that amount.

September 17, 2021

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Clinic’s Prescription for Healthier Patients? Lawyers

The Medicaid-funded program operates on the notion that fixing patients' legal ills is a vital part of their medical care.

September 17, 2021

Tech Firm Helps Youth With Developmental Disabilities Find STEM Career Paths

A university program is offering youth of color with intellectual and developmental disabilities introductions to STEM careers with real-life experiences working in the field at a tech company.

September 16, 2021
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Netflix Brings Back Autism Dating Show

A documentary series following young people with autism as they experience the world of dating is set to return.

September 15, 2021

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