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Direct Support Workers In Short Supply As Demand Surges

Agencies that offer supports to people with developmental disabilities say they are struggling more than ever to attract workers, forcing some to terminate services and decline new clients.

June 18, 2018

Study: Drivers With Autism Just As Good As Other Motorists

People with autism appear to have more difficulty than others when first learning to drive, but a study suggests that with practice, they can be just as skilled behind the wheel.

June 15, 2018
Man with autism

Nation Spending More On Community Living

Government spending on home and community-based services has risen dramatically, with a new report finding that growth doubled year-over-year as funding for institutions declined.

June 14, 2018

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Marisol Ramos helps daughter Naomi

Families Strained By Caregiving Responsibilities, Survey Finds

A snapshot of thousands of caregivers across the country finds them overwhelmed by the demands of their loved ones with developmental disabilities and deeply concerned about the future.

June 12, 2018

Company Looks To Mind-Reading Technology To Aid Those Who Are Nonverbal

An artificial intelligence company is developing software aimed at detecting patterns in order to predict a person's thinking and eventually, speak on their behalf.

June 9, 2018
Alex Benitez-Alvarez with his modified walker

Students Dream Up Assistive Devices For Kids With Disabilities

Through an introductory engineering program, junior high and high school students are developing real-life solutions for kids with disabilities, all on a budget of just $35.

June 6, 2018

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After 42 Years In Institutions, A Home Of Her Own

A woman with intellectual disability who has been housed in state institutions for over four decades may finally get a chance to live in the community after a judge ordered her release.

June 5, 2018

Respite Home Offers Overnight Stays For Adults With Special Needs

With a bed-and-breakfast feel, a new overnight respite home is providing a customized, fully-staffed getaway for adults with significant disabilities so that their parents can get a break.

May 31, 2018
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City Among First To Go ‘Autism Friendly’

A Midwestern city of 25,000 is believed to be one of the first to launch a concerted, community-wide effort enlisting schools, businesses and residents to accommodate people with autism.

May 22, 2018

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Xbox Accessible Controller

With Adaptive Controller, Microsoft Courts Gamers With Disabilities

Though company officials have no idea how many people will buy it, a push to increase accessible technology has Microsoft debuting an adaptive controller for its Xbox gaming system.

May 18, 2018

ABC Orders Up More ‘Speechless’

Television network executives are doubling down on a comedy centering on the experiences of a teenager with cerebral palsy and his family.

May 15, 2018

After 42 years In Institutions, Woman Seeks A Home Of Her Own

Institutionalized for over four decades, Lucretia Felder wants nothing more than to live in a home of her own, but so far no service provider has stepped up to support her in the community.

May 15, 2018

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