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Straw Bans Face Opposition From Disability Advocates

States and cities are being pressed by environmentalists to eliminate plastic straws, but objections from disability advocates and others have derailed or delayed some proposed bans.

July 10, 2018
U.S. Department of Education

Trump Administration Delays Special Ed Rule

The Trump administration is officially postponing implementation of an Obama-era rule designed to prevent kids from certain backgrounds from being wrongly placed in special education.

July 10, 2018

Judge Allows Electric Shocks On Those With Disabilities To Continue

Children and adults with disabilities can continue to receive electric shocks, a judge has ruled, even as federal regulators mull banning the controversial behavior modification technique.

July 10, 2018

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Virtual World May Help Those With Autism Sharpen Social Skills

A 28-year-old with autism is using his personal experience to design a virtual world aimed at helping others on the spectrum improve their social skills.

July 9, 2018

Feds Urge Steps To Make Group Homes Safer

Five months after a scathing report found that injuries and even deaths of those with developmental disabilities living in group homes often go overlooked, federal officials are responding.

June 29, 2018

Is Autism Linked To Food Allergies?

A new study finds that food allergies are far more common in those with autism, but researchers are still trying to discover how and why.

June 29, 2018

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ABLE Programs In Jeopardy, Disability Advocates Warn

Without a big change, advocates are warning that a recently-established vehicle to help people with disabilities save money without risking their government benefits could be unsustainable.

June 28, 2018
College student with Down syndrome

More Colleges Enrolling Students With Intellectual Disabilities

In 2004, just 25 colleges across the country welcomed students with intellectual disabilities on their campuses. By this fall, that number will grow to 270.

June 27, 2018

Fearing Deportation, Parents Declining Benefits For Kids With Disabilities

Advocates say many immigrant families, nervous about a higher degree of scrutiny in applications, are dropping Medicaid and other benefits for their citizen children with disabilities.

June 26, 2018

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FDA Approves Marijuana-Based Drug To Treat Severe Epilepsy

The Food and Drug Administration is approving a marijuana-based medication to treat two rare seizure conditions associated with developmental issues.

June 26, 2018
Kayla McKeon

New York Woman Is Nation’s First Lobbyist With Down Syndrome

There are lots of people trying to sway federal lawmakers, but no one else is quite like Kayla McKeon, Capitol Hill's first-ever registered lobbyist with Down syndrome.

June 26, 2018

School District Pays $1.3 Million To Settle Landmark Special Ed Case

A seven-year legal battle that led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision raising the standard schools must meet in educating students with disabilities is coming to a close.

June 25, 2018

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