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ABC Orders Up More ‘Speechless’

Television network executives are doubling down on a comedy centering on the experiences of a teenager with cerebral palsy and his family.

May 15, 2018

After 42 years In Institutions, Woman Seeks A Home Of Her Own

Institutionalized for over four decades, Lucretia Felder wants nothing more than to live in a home of her own, but so far no service provider has stepped up to support her in the community.

May 15, 2018
Students sit in a special education class

Inclusion Rates Lagging For Students With Intellectual Disabilities

Under federal law, students with disabilities are supposed to attend class with their typically-developing peers as much as possible, but new research suggests that may not be happening.

May 15, 2018

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Andrew Butler, left, lets his parents, Mark and Susan, know that he wants to leave and go for a car ride

Fitbit-Like Device Shows Promise In Predicting Autism Aggression

A system that uses a digital wristband and a mobile app could someday predict outbursts among children with autism, allowing family members and helpers to prevent and prepare for episodes.

May 14, 2018

Government Urged To Improve Disability Services

Services for children with disabilities should be far more coordinated and easier to access, according to a new report evaluating everything from health care and special ed to employment.

May 11, 2018

Goodwill Settles Harassment Claims From Workers With Disabilities

Goodwill and an affiliate will pay $850,000 to eight former and current employees — including women with developmental disabilities — to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

May 11, 2018

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ABA therapy session

How Geography Influences Autism Treatment

There are many treatment options for children with autism ranging from speech and behavioral therapy to medication, but which ones families choose appears to depend on where they live.

May 10, 2018
Korrie Johnson in her room at a nursing home

Caregiver Shortage Forcing Young People With Disabilities Into Institutions

A chronic and deepening shortage of home care workers is forcing scores of younger people with disabilities to move into sterile and highly restrictive institutions, including nursing homes.

May 9, 2018

Robot Cleared To Attend Class For Student With Special Needs

Under an agreement with federal prosecutors, a student with a disability will be able to participate in lessons and interact with peers through a robot attending class in the student's place.

May 8, 2018

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Trump Hotel Sued For Alleged ADA Violations

A man is suing Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago for multiple alleged violations of the ADA, from improper grab bars in the restrooms to counters that were too tall at the hotel bar.

May 8, 2018

Microsoft Unveils $25 Million Disability Initiative

Microsoft is putting big money into a new effort aimed at ramping up development of technologies benefiting people with disabilities.

May 8, 2018
School buses

Schools Still Winning Most Special Ed Disputes, Even After Endrew F.

Schools continued to win most IEP disputes in the year since a U.S. Supreme Court decision affirmed a more ambitious standard for students with disabilities, according to a new analysis.

May 7, 2018

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