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With 18 original designs, advocates with the group Scope are looking to encourage more emojis illustrating the experiences of people with disabilities. (Scope)

New Emojis Depict Range Of Abilities

There are countless emojis available, but only one depicting disability. Now, a group of advocates is looking to change that.

July 20, 2016
Kevin McHale, an able-bodied actor, appeared as Artie, a character who uses a wheelchair, in the Fox show "Glee." (Adam Rose/Fox/TNS)

TV Actors Rarely Have Conditions They Portray, Report Finds

Despite those with disabilities representing nearly 20 percent of the population, a new report finds that about 95 percent of such characters on TV are played by typically-developing actors.

July 19, 2016
A home care worker helps her client get ready for work. Under a recently implemented rule from the U.S. Department of Labor, most caregivers must be paid at least minimum wage and qualify for overtime pay. (Glenn Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Caregiver Wage Rule Here To Stay

With a final court challenge rejected, implementation of an Obama administration rule mandating pay protections for in-home caregivers assisting those with disabilities is proceeding.

July 14, 2016

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Preston Rogers, 15, skates at Johnson Spring Park in Rocklin, Calif., with another visitor. Preston takes part in SkateMD, a program that teaches children and teenagers with disabilities to skateboard as a way to motivate and encourage them. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Skateboard Clinic Teaches Kids With Disabilities Life Skills

An innovative new therapy, skateboarding is helping children with developmental disabilities build strength, balance and coordination while also overcoming social anxieties.

July 12, 2016
"The A Word," which finds the Hughes family adapting to 5-year-old Joe's autism diagnosis, begins July 13 on SundanceTV. (Rory Mulvey/Sundance)

Autism At Center Of New TV Drama

One family's experience with a child on the spectrum is at the heart of a drama premiering on television this summer.

June 24, 2016

Families Face Indefinite Wait For Services

Adults with developmental disabilities and their families are finding out that even being on an "emergency" waiting list for waiver services can mean joining a list 5,000 people deep.

June 24, 2016

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‘Special Ed’s’ Abandons Controversial Name

Special Ed's Brewery, which saw its name and slogans like "take the short bus to special beer" go viral amid complaints they were insulting, has changed its name effective immediately.

June 23, 2016
Jason Benetti, who has cerebral palsy, will be the play-by-play commentator during a nationally-televised ESPN broadcast of a Major League Baseball game this week. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)

Cerebral Palsy No Barrier For ESPN Broadcaster

A sportscaster with cerebral palsy is getting his shot at the big time this week, calling a nationally-televised Major League Baseball game.

June 21, 2016
Despite an increased focus on the need for diversity in Hollywood, people with disabilities are often left out of the conversation. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

In Hollywood, Diversity Tends To Ignore Disability

Diversity has been the talk of Hollywood, but the conversation has centered mostly on race and gender. Many feel the discussion should expand to include disability.

June 20, 2016

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Amid Outrage, ‘Special Ed’s’ Considers Name Change

A brewery that sparked outrage for its name, slogan and merchandise appearing to mock people with disabilities was vandalized, even as an owner said he was considering a name change.

June 17, 2016
As part of an update this fall to Apple Watch, wheelchair users will gain the ability to track their fitness level. (Apple)

Apple Adding Accessibility Features

Apple is introducing new features designed to help people with disabilities be more physically active.

June 14, 2016

New Brewery — Special Ed’s — Sparks Uproar

With slogans like "'tard tested, 'tard approved" and "ride the short bus to special beer," a new brewery is facing sharp criticism even before making its first bottles available.

June 14, 2016

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