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States Tightening The Leash On Fake Service Dogs

A growing number of states are enacting laws designed to keep people from passing off their pets as legitimately trained service animals.

October 23, 2017
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Trump Administration Rescinds Special Ed Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education is withdrawing dozens of guidance documents addressing everything from transition to due process as part of an effort to do away with unnecessary regulation.

October 20, 2017

Handcuffing Of Kids With Disabilities ‘Excessive Force,’ Judge Rules

The handcuffing of two elementary-age students with disabilities by a school resource officer "was an unconstitutional seizure and excessive force," a federal judge has ruled.

October 20, 2017

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Target, Tommy Hilfiger Expand Adaptive Clothing Lines

Two major retailers are significantly expanding their offerings designed to accommodate the unique needs of people with disabilities and there's something for individuals of all ages.

October 19, 2017

Teacher Allegedly Held Class Vote On ‘Annoying’ Boy With ASD

An elementary school teacher forced a 9-year-old boy with autism to stand in front of his class twice while classmates voted on whether the boy was "annoying," a federal lawsuit alleges.

October 18, 2017

Social Class May Influence Autism Diagnosis

Even as autism prevalence has increased, new research finds that the likelihood of getting diagnosed with the developmental disorder remains largely tied to socioeconomics.

October 17, 2017

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"Night to Shine"

Hundreds Of Proms In The Works For Those With Special Needs

Planning is underway for hundreds of proms specifically for people with disabilities that are set to take place around the world on a single day.

October 17, 2017

Manager Accused Of Forcing Man With Intellectual Disability To Work

A restaurant manager is accused of using force, restraint and coercion, among other means, to compel a man with intellectual disability to work as a buffet cook for more than five years.

October 17, 2017
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Special Ed Program An Unconstitutional ‘Dumping Ground,’ Suit Claims

A class-action lawsuit brought by parents and advocates is accusing one state of relegating students with disabilities to separate, unequal schooling.

October 16, 2017

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SSI Payments To Increase In 2018

People with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security are set to see their largest rise in benefits in years.

October 13, 2017

Mom, Nonverbal Son Win Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Say Mama’ Contest

When Jimmy Fallon and the "Today" show put out a call for cute videos of kids saying "mama," they probably didn't expect one from a boy on the spectrum who's never uttered a word.

October 13, 2017
Children with autism participate in an applied behavior analysis session

Autism Insurance Mandates Boost Access To Care, Study Says

Kids with autism who live in states that require insurers to cover treatment for the developmental disorder are receiving significantly more services, researchers say.

October 12, 2017

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