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Theater Program Gives Stage To Children With Disabilities

A program pairing performers with special needs alongside peer mentors to stage well-known musicals is now in 16 states with sights on becoming the "Special Olympics for theater."

October 2, 2018

Texas Saved Billions Cutting Special Ed: Now The Bill Comes Due

Following what one advocate called "absolutely the largest-scale violation" of IDEA, Texas is embarking on what may amount to the biggest single expansion of special education services ever.

October 2, 2018
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Lawmakers Look To Improve Care For Kids With Complex Conditions

About 500,000 kids — including many with developmental disabilities — are considered to be medically complex. Proposed legislation aims to make it easier to coordinate their care.

October 1, 2018

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When It Comes To Inclusion, Does Religion Need A Wake-Up Call?

Having a child with special needs can be a deterrent to attending religious services, new research suggests, but the likelihood that families participate depends on the type of disability.

October 1, 2018

Schools Requiring ‘Mental Health’ Disclosures By Students

School districts in one state now must ask if new students have ever been referred for mental health services. Some parents worry that the information could be held against their kids.

September 28, 2018
U.S. Capitol

Special Ed, Disability Programs Spared In Government Budget Deal

The federal government will increase funding for special ed and allocate money to address the needs of caregivers as part of a spending bill that's expected to be signed by the president.

September 28, 2018

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Jenni Gold on the red carpet

Film Tells Story Of Disabilities In Hollywood

A new documentary featuring a who's who of Hollywood A-listers is delving into the history of how disabilities are portrayed on screen.

September 27, 2018

Party City Accused Of Denying Job To Woman With Autism

The EEOC is suing Party City alleging that a woman with autism was denied a sales job after a store manager realized she had a disability and would be assisted by a job coach.

September 26, 2018
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Federal Proposal Would Limit Immigrants With Disabilities

The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that would make it harder for immigrants with disabilities and their families to get a visa or obtain permanent residency in this country.

September 25, 2018

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Families Sue To Keep Loved Ones In Institutional Settings

Families are suing arguing that policies promoting home- and community-based services could force their loved ones into apartments, group homes and other unsuitable living situations.

September 25, 2018

Fundraiser Pairs Chefs, People With Special Needs

A new project is connecting chefs with people who have developmental disabilities to inspire restaurant menu items, with a portion of proceeds going to support group homes and day programs.

September 25, 2018
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Netflix Defends Use Of ‘Retarded’

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is defending a segment featuring the word "retarded" that airs on the streaming service saying that such language falls within the bounds of "creative expression."

September 24, 2018

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