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Wheelchair Users Want New Road Money Spent On Safety

Streets can be dangerous for people in wheelchairs. Now, advocates say new federal infrastructure funding should go to curb ramps, more accessible sidewalks and other fixes.

June 28, 2022
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State Rolling Out Purple Alerts For Lost Adults With IDD

There are Amber Alerts for children and Silver Alerts for the elderly, but now one state is introducing a new kind of alert to help find adults with developmental disabilities who go missing.

June 24, 2022
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Airport Adds Mock Aircraft To Aid Passengers With Disabilities

The 33-foot faux cabin, which was previously used to train airline crews, will provide those with sensory, physical or cognitive disabilities a place to practice boarding in a realistic setting.

June 22, 2022

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Autism Plays Big Role In New Movie

An actress with autism is making her debut alongside Dakota Johnson in a new feature film that's out in theaters.

June 21, 2022
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Hurricane Season Has Individuals With Disabilities On Edge

As New Orleans stares down another active hurricane season, disability advocates and vulnerable people wonder if recent changes will make a difference for a population that often gets left behind.

June 21, 2022
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Lizzo Changes Song In Response To Complaints From Disability Community

Just days after releasing a new single, Lizzo has changed the lyrics following backlash from people with disabilities for using what they called ableist language.

June 14, 2022

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Family Reunited Weeks After Son With ASD Kicked Off Flight

With help from a cruise line and a group of advocates, a mother and her teenage son with autism are back home nearly a month after the teen was kicked off a flight leaving them stranded in Aruba.

June 14, 2022
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Hallmark To Air Movie Starring Actors With Down Syndrome

A television movie centering on the love story of a young couple with Down syndrome is set to premiere.

June 10, 2022
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Biden Administration Gives States More Time To Spend Disability Services Funds

States will get extra time to spend billions of federal dollars aimed at bolstering Medicaid home and community-based services after it took longer than expected for the money to make it their way.

June 9, 2022

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People With Disabilities Feel Left Behind Amid Caregiver Shortage

Adults with developmental disabilities are being forced to move back home with their parents or into larger, congregate-care settings where their daily choices are often carefully controlled.

June 7, 2022
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Special Olympics Drops COVID Vaccine Mandate After Florida Threatens $27.5 Million Fine

Florida threatened to fine Special Olympics $27.5 million for requiring 5,500 participants at the USA Games to be vaccinated against COVID-19, prompting the organization to drop the mandate.

June 6, 2022
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Airline To Train Staff On Autism

As an upstart airline from the founder of JetBlue works to expand, the company says it will put a premium on better serving travelers with autism.

June 3, 2022

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