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Disability Groups Step Up Efforts To Reach Minority Families

Support and advocacy organizations often fall short in reflecting the diversity of Americans with disabilities, but some are looking to change that.

October 23, 2018

Nike Signs Runner With Cerebral Palsy To Pro Contract

University of Oregon junior Justin Gallegos had just finished running in a recent race when he got the surprise of a lifetime. Nike wanted to sign Gallegos to a pro contract.

October 16, 2018

Virtual World Provides Haven For Those With Special Needs

People with disabilities often struggle with social interaction, but researchers say the virtual world of Second Life can offer a safe space to socialize and forge meaningful relationships.

October 16, 2018

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Disney Fights To Keep Autism Lawsuits From Going To Trial

Walt Disney Co. is fighting to stop trials for 30 lawsuits in which people with autism contend the company's theme parks didn't accommodate them because they had to wait in line for rides.

October 12, 2018
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Ranking Names Best Cities For People With Special Needs

An analysis of more than 180 cities across the country is zeroing in on the best places to live for people with disabilities.

October 11, 2018
Juanita Bobo and Amber Radune

Caregiver Stressed By Low Wages, But Client Is ‘Family’

For over 15 years, Juanita Bobo has provided the care Amber Radune needs to remain in her home, but low pay and other pressures are leaving even the most dedicated caregivers in a tough spot.

October 10, 2018

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Early Aging Presents Challenges For Those With Down Syndrome

They helped blaze the trail for community-based housing, but nearly six decades into raising their son with Down syndrome, one couple is facing the challenge of a child who's out-aging them.

October 9, 2018
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Air Travelers With Disabilities To Get ‘Bill Of Rights’

A bill of rights for airline passengers with disabilities and enhanced disability training for TSA officers, among other changes, are on the way under a new federal law.

October 9, 2018

Institution With Notorious History Shuts Its Doors

Plagued by abuse, violence and death, a facility where state officials had sent people with severe disabilities for years has officially shut down.

October 9, 2018

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After Losing Family In Fire, Girl Finds Home With Special Ed Teacher

When Kim Canterbury began working as a substitute special education teacher, she didn't realize she'd end up taking one of her students into her home as one of her own.

October 5, 2018
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Theater Program Gives Stage To Children With Disabilities

A program pairing performers with special needs alongside peer mentors to stage well-known musicals is now in 16 states with sights on becoming the "Special Olympics for theater."

October 2, 2018
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When It Comes To Inclusion, Does Religion Need A Wake-Up Call?

Having a child with special needs can be a deterrent to attending religious services, new research suggests, but the likelihood that families participate depends on the type of disability.

October 1, 2018

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