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Disability Activists Urge FDA To Ban Shock Devices

Dozens of people with disabilities have been camped out for days outside the FDA commissioner's home to pressure the agency to ban electric shock devices used on those with special needs.

March 13, 2018

Medical Schools Adding Focus On Developmental Disabilities

An innovative new program is aiming to ensure that the next generation of doctors is far more prepared to treat the needs of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

March 12, 2018

Special Educator’s Use Of Facilitated Communication Lands Dad In Jail

The father of a boy with special needs spent 35 days in jail after his son's teacher used a largely discredited method to claim the boy — who speaks little — had been abused.

March 9, 2018

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United Airlines To Train Employees On Intellectual Disabilities

A major U.S. airline is taking steps to improve travel for people with intellectual disabilities while also eyeing other ways to beef up inclusion.

March 9, 2018
The Good Doctor

Autism Drama ‘The Good Doctor’ Awarded New Season

With sky-high ratings, network executives are green-lighting a second season for a prime-time drama centering on a physician on the spectrum.

March 8, 2018
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Marijuana Complicates Guardianship For Teen With Severe Autism

As a last-ditch effort, one family turned to marijuana to stem the self-injurious behaviors of their daughter with autism. The drug worked, but complicated their quest for guardianship.

March 7, 2018

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Ed Department Set To Abandon IDEA Site That Crashed

A year after taking heat when a key special education website went down, the U.S. Department of Education is preparing to deprecate the site in favor of an updated approach.

March 6, 2018
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Families Affected By FASD Hope For Increased Awareness, Treatments

With new research suggesting that fetal alcohol spectrum disorders could be at least as common as autism, affected families are hopeful that awareness of the condition will increase.

March 6, 2018

Can A Man With A Disability Stay In A Marriage He Might Not Understand?

Amid concerns from the family of a man with intellectual disability, a judge is weighing the questions raised by the man's marriage to a typically-developing spouse who's also his guardian.

March 6, 2018

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Autism-Related Challenges Persist Well Into Adulthood, Study Shows

In one of the first studies to look at the lives of people with autism as they hit middle age, researchers found adults struggling with independence, employment and relationships.

March 5, 2018

Uber Has Shortage Of Accessible Vehicles, Lawsuit Claims

The Uber app includes an option to request a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, but in a new lawsuit advocates allege that the cars are rarely available.

March 2, 2018

Feds Name New National Autism Coordinator

The federal government has a new point person for autism-related research, services and supports.

March 2, 2018

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