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In First, Feds Issue National Strategy To Support Family Caregivers

Federal health officials are putting forth a national strategy to address the needs of family caregivers, acknowledging the challenges faced by millions who care for those with IDD and other issues.

September 22, 2022
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As Institutions Close, Families Of Longtime Residents Face Agonizing Choices

Under federal pressure to improve care for people with IDD, Iowa is set to join 45 other states that have closed most or all of their institutions, leaving families with wrenching choices.

September 21, 2022
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Lollapalooza, Other Major Music Festivals To Welcome Those With Disabilities

A new effort will open the gates of some of the nation's most popular music festivals to more people with disabilities.

September 20, 2022

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Apartment-Style Classroom Prepares Students In Special Ed For Life After High School

Through lessons in an apartment setting, high school students with disabilities are gaining hands-on experience with everything from cooking and laundry to maintaining an exercise routine.

September 20, 2022
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Workforce Crisis In IDD Sector Costing Millions

Survey findings from industry stakeholders in one state show that a staffing crisis at residential facilities for those with developmental disabilities is costing more than $100 million a year.

September 16, 2022
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Kohl’s Unveils Clothing Collection For Adults With Disabilities

Three years after introducing a line of sensory-friendly and adaptive clothing for kids, a major national retailer is adding options for adults with disabilities too.

September 14, 2022

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CBS Commits To Better Disability Representation On TV

With the start of the new season, a major television network is committing to feature more actors with disabilities, both in roles written as having disabilities and those that do not.

September 12, 2022

Zoo Embraces Disability Inclusion In Hiring And With Visitors

Inclusion efforts at one zoo mean hiring people with developmental disabilities and ensuring an accessible guest experience with features like a universal changing station and a sensory garden.

September 9, 2022
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‘Thomas & Friends’ Welcomes First Character With Autism

A staple of children's television is introducing its first-ever character with autism, a series regular who will be voiced by an actor who's on the spectrum himself.

September 8, 2022

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High Rent Collides With Dwindling DSP Workforce To Jeopardize Care

Rising rents are forcing people with developmental disabilities to live with roommates or move elsewhere, while staff shortages mean they may not be receiving the care they need.

September 7, 2022
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Autism Dating Show Wins Emmy Awards

A documentary series following the dating experiences of young adults with autism is the winner of multiple Emmys.

September 6, 2022

New Integrated Supportive Housing Offers Adults With IDD A First Apartment

A new apartment complex is part of a growing network of options allowing people with developmental disabilities who never thought they'd be able to live alone the support they need to do so.

September 6, 2022

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