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Family-Driven ‘Cohousing’ Offers Group Home Alternative

In a quest to find housing solutions, some parents are looking to supportive communities where they can live with their kids with disabilities alongside other families with similar needs.

April 28, 2016
David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks, and Gary Levine, the company's president of programming, speak at an executive panel earlier this year in Pasadena, Calif. Showtime has come under fire from disability advocates for airing programming mocking people with special needs. (Eric Charbonneau/AP Invision for Showtime)

Showtime Under Fire For Airing ‘Retarded’ Comedy Routine

Showtime is taking heat for a comedy special it's airing that includes repeated use of the word "retard" and mocking of people with intellectual disability.

April 27, 2016
One of Google's self-driving vehicles makes its way in Mountain View, Calif. (John Green/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Disability Advocates See Opportunity In Self-Driving Cars

As self-driving cars move toward becoming a reality for the general public, advocates are pushing manufacturers and regulators to ensure that people with disabilities are included.

April 25, 2016

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Man With Prader-Willi Feels ‘Safe’ Now

After moving into a specialized home, a man with Prader-Willi syndrome says he's no longer afraid that he'll try to sneak out in the middle of the night to satisfy his insatiable hunger.

April 22, 2016
The A&E Network documentary series "Born This Way" is one of six shows that will be honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as part of its Television Academy Honors. (Adam Taylor/A&E Network)

TV Show Honored For Highlighting Down Syndrome

A documentary series following the lives of young people with Down syndrome is getting a special honor from the people behind the Emmy Awards.

April 19, 2016
Niketa Ingram gives a snack to Michael Nawrocki, 33, left, and Richard Larrabee, 43, right, at their group home in Joliet, Ill. Ingram said she likes her job but it's hard to make ends meet at the low wages paid to direct support professionals. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Group Homes Struggle To Remain Staffed

Organizations that provide care to people with disabilities are reporting crisis-level employee shortages that are prompting group home closures and keeping many on waiting lists.

April 18, 2016

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Families Fight To Keep Institutions, Sheltered Workshops Open

A class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of people with disabilities is drawing backlash from families who say the interests of those who prefer institutional care are being overlooked.

April 15, 2016
A $1.125 million grant from Google will help the Center for Discovery develop an add-on to allow manual wheelchairs to be quickly converted into power chairs. (

Google Awards Millions For Disability Initiative

Google is doling out millions of dollars all with an eye toward using technology to increase independence for the world's billion people with disabilities.

April 13, 2016
Conrad Grant, 7, dribbles a foam basketball while playing with his father, John, at their home in River Forest, Ill. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Parents Find Ways To Mitigate Bullying, Teasing

Families of kids with disabilities are taking a variety of approaches – ranging from letters to presentations and cards to distribute – to proactively educate others about their child's needs.

April 11, 2016

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A civil rights commission in Florida has found "reasonable cause" in responding to complaints from three families who alleged that Disney's disability access policy does not appropriately accommodate their children's special needs. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Disney Again Faulted Over Disability Access Policy

As dozens of lawsuits are readied for trial, a civil rights commission has found reason to believe that Disney has not adequately accommodated theme park visitors with disabilities.

April 8, 2016

Strip Club Visit Prompts Expanded Special Needs Protections

An unwanted trip to a strip club has led to a first-of-its-kind law allowing those with developmental disabilities to have an expert with them during police interviews.

April 6, 2016
Elizabeth Criss with her daughter, Emily, who has developmental disabilities. A bill introduced in Congress would help family caregivers remain eligible for Social Security retirement benefits even if they leave their jobs or reduce their work schedule to assist a relative with a disability. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News/TNS)

Bill Seeks Benefit For Caregivers

Family members often take time away from work to care for loved ones with disabilities. Now, a proposal in Congress seeks to ensure that they don't lose out on Social Security for doing so.

April 5, 2016

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