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

Trump Extends Program Helping People Leave Institutions

For the third time this year, extra funding will keep alive a program that moves individuals with disabilities from institutions into the community while lawmakers consider a longer-term plan.

August 20, 2019

For Those Diagnosed As Adults, ASD Poses Unique Challenges

Spotting autism in adults can be tricky, but with increased awareness, many people who were misdiagnosed or missed altogether as children are gaining a new understanding of themselves.

August 16, 2019

A Boy With Special Needs Started A House Fire. It May Cost His Parents $200K.

A 13-year-old with special needs started a fire that damaged two homes. Now his neighbor's insurance company wants the boy's parents to pay, claiming the couple didn't do enough to prevent it.

August 15, 2019

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Autism PSA

Why An Autism Group Is Breaking Up With ‘Sesame Street’

PSAs featuring Julia from "Sesame Street" that encourage early autism screening seem innocent enough, but a self-advocacy group says the ads lead unsuspecting parents to harmful information.

August 13, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon

Can An Actor With Down Syndrome Change Hollywood?

Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome, is the improbable star — alongside Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson — of a feature film opening in theaters across the country.

August 13, 2019
Delta plane at gate

Feds Detail Limits On Flying With Service Animals

Following numerous high-profile incidents, federal regulators are clarifying the rules for animals assisting people with disabilities on airplanes.

August 13, 2019

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Grocery Chain Rolls Out Adaptive Shopping Carts

Thanks to one mom, a supermarket chain is the first to provide carts in all of its stores designed for children with special needs who are too big to sit in regular carts.

August 2, 2019

Regal Offers Tickets, No Apology For Turning Away Kids With Special Needs

After a group of children with disabilities was turned away over "liability" concerns, a Regal theater has offered free movie tickets, but no apology.

August 1, 2019
Men wait on bus bench

App Designed To Boost Independence For Bus Riders With Disabilities

A city bus service is testing an app that allows caregivers to add photos of drop-off locations, reminders when a destination is near and walking routes to and from stops, among other tools.

July 31, 2019

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Theater Turns Away Moviegoers With Special Needs

When a group of kids with special needs was turned away from a Regal movie theater, they were told it was because the movie was oversold but later learned they were too much of a "liability."

July 30, 2019
Korrie Johnson

Push To Expand Access To Community Living Hits Roadblock

Despite strong bipartisan support, federal legislation that would entitle people with disabilities access to community-based services and outlaw waiting lists appears to be stalled.

July 29, 2019

Cafe Employs, Gives Back To People With Disabilities

Inspired by her 8-year-old who has autism and Down syndrome, a mom recently opened a coffee shop dedicated to accepting everyone, including those with special needs.

July 26, 2019

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