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Millions Headed To States For Respite Care

Federal officials are sending millions of dollars to states to strengthen respite care services for families of those with disabilities and other special needs.

July 29, 2021
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Disability Service Providers Face ‘Unprecedented’ Labor Shortage

The pandemic has exacerbated an existing shortage of direct support professionals, forcing family caregivers to pick up the slack and some disability providers to close their doors.

July 28, 2021

Following Loss Of Parents, Community Steps In To Care For Man With Special Needs

Since a young adult with special needs lost both of his parents in 2018, people around town have made sure he has everything from a home and a bicycle to regular haircuts, new clothes and more.

July 23, 2021

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Paralympic Gold Medalist Withdraws From Tokyo Games After Being Denied Aide

A two-time Paralympic swimmer who is deaf and blind is withdrawing from the Tokyo games, saying that she had "no choice" after being told she couldn't have a personal care assistant accompany her.

July 21, 2021

Olympics Composer Steps Down Over Bullying Of Classmates With Disabilities

Just days before the Olympics get underway, the composer who worked on the opening ceremony resigned over having bullied classmates, including those with disabilities, during his childhood.

July 20, 2021
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JCPenney Unveils Clothing Aimed At Kids With Disabilities

A major department store is rolling out a new line of children's clothes with adaptive features and will also be selling a host of accessories for adults and kids with disabilities.

July 15, 2021

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ESPN To Honor Athlete With Down Syndrome

A triathlete who became the first Ironman with Down syndrome will receive a prestigious award from ESPN on national television.

June 29, 2021

Young Adults With ASD Often Struggle After High School, Study Says

The transition from high school to adulthood is a critical moment, but new research suggests many young adults with autism are struggling to access the services that could help them thrive.

June 29, 2021

Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Shines A Light On The Legal Remedy’s Harsh Reality

Conservatorship is usually used for those with severe disabilities, but experts say Britney Spears' celebrity places a spotlight on issues that have dogged families for decades.

June 29, 2021

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Biden Plan To Boost Disability Services In Limbo

President Joe Biden's effort to get people with disabilities off waiting lists by infusing billions into Medicaid home and community-based services looks stalled, but it may soon get new life.

June 25, 2021

Zoo Program Helps Teens With Disabilities

One zoo is pairing teens with disabilities with mentors to complete volunteer tasks while working on goals like communication, social skills, friendships or developing independence.

June 25, 2021
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Autism Series Returns To Netflix

A television series following the coming-of-age experience of a young man on the spectrum will get one final season.

June 23, 2021

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