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Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Congress Weighs Renewal Of Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

After years in limbo, advocates say a deal is in the works to permanently renew a popular federal program that moves people with disabilities from institutions to the community.

December 12, 2019
Greta Thunberg

Teen With Asperger’s Named Time Person Of The Year

Greta Thunberg, who has Asperger's syndrome and emerged as the face of the fight against climate change, is the youngest person ever selected to be Time magazine's Person of the Year.

December 11, 2019
Cruise ship

Cruise Line Going ‘Sensory Inclusive’

A major cruise operator is training its staff, offering up tools and taking other steps to welcome people with disabilities in a move they say is an industry first.

December 10, 2019

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Why Those With Disabilities Wait Years For Programs They Need To Live On Their Own

Despite a court order requiring one state to shrink its waiting list, most adults with developmental disabilities wait seven years or longer for services.

December 10, 2019
Family entering home

Feds Work To Protect Parents With Intellectual Disabilities

Federal officials say that a state has agreed to change its ways after child welfare workers sought to remove children from their mom and dad allegedly because of the parents' low IQs.

December 9, 2019
Born This Way cast

Down Syndrome Reality Show Set To Wrap

A groundbreaking reality television show documenting the lives of young adults with Down syndrome is coming to an end.

December 6, 2019

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City Is Nation’s First To Be Autism Certified

A community-wide effort to train businesses and other entities to welcome people on the spectrum has led one city to become the country's first designated as autism certified.

December 5, 2019
Google headquarters

Google Seeks Help From People With Down Syndrome

From Siri to Alexa, voice assistants are everywhere, but the technology tends to miss every third word that people with Down syndrome say. Now a new effort is underway to change that.

December 3, 2019
Neighborhood walk

How An ‘Interabled’ Couple Became An Internet Sensation

He has a disability. She doesn't. To change how the world sees them as a couple, they launched a vlog and became a YouTube sensation.

December 3, 2019

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Aerial view of neighborhood

Feds Unleash $130 Million For Disability Housing

Millions of dollars are headed to communities across the country to provide affordable housing to people with disabilities, federal officials say.

December 2, 2019
Child visits Santa

Santa Offering Sensory-Friendly Events Nationwide

Ahead of his big night, hundreds of special events across the country will offer kids with disabilities a chance to visit with Santa Claus in a calmer setting.

November 21, 2019
Valerie Hale holds her son

High-Stakes Medicaid Assessments Upend Lives Of Families With Disabilities

A computer-based assessment was supposed to make it easier for families to apply for Medicaid waivers in one state. Instead, many have seen their benefits arbitrarily slashed.

November 20, 2019

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