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The documentary "Life, Animated," which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival, will be released theatrically later this year. (Tom Bergmann)

Following Sundance Win, Autism Documentary To Hit Theaters

A documentary focusing on the coming-of-age story of a boy on the spectrum is headed to theaters later this year after picking up an award at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival.

February 8, 2016

Lego Rolling Out Minifigure In Wheelchair

Lego said it will include a boy in a wheelchair in a forthcoming set of its iconic minifigures.

January 29, 2016
SundanceTV has obtained rights to air the BBC One drama "The A-Word," which focuses on the family of a boy with autism. (Rory Mulvey/BBC)

Autism Family Drama Coming To TV

A one-hour drama about a family with a young child who has just been diagnosed with autism is headed to television.

January 28, 2016

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The winners of the Schneider Family Book Awards include "Fish in a Tree," "The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B" and "The War that Saved my Life." (Penguin Random House)

Children’s Books Honored For Portraying Disability Experience

Four new books for kids and teens are being lauded for focusing on disabilities with a set of awards handed out alongside the famed Caldecott and Newbery Medals.

January 25, 2016
Kim Wagaman, right, a behavioral therapist, takes Dustin Strasser, left, and Evan Roth, center, out for ice cream. Wagaman runs a weekly group designed to help adults with autism develop their social skills so that they can be successful at work and in the community. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Group Helps Young Adults With Autism Fit In

For adults with autism who are not quite independent, one group is offering a fun, laid-back environment to regularly interact with people beyond family members.

January 22, 2016

Justice Department Intervenes In Housing Discrimination Case

A mother and daughter – both of whom have developmental disabilities – are set to receive a five-figure payout amid claims that they were harassed and pressured to move from their apartment.

January 19, 2016

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Howard County Police Department recruit Michael Scanlon, left, talks with Jane Plapinger and her 13-year-old son Dave, who has autism. The recruits attended a pool party with the Howard County Autism Society to get first-hand experience on interacting with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun/TNS)

Police Get Schooled On Special Needs Interactions

Three years after a man with Down syndrome died in a struggle with sheriff's deputies, police recruits in one state are taking part in mandatory disability training.

January 19, 2016

Around The World In A Wheelchair

Cory Lee Woodard has been in a wheelchair since age 4, but it hasn't kept him from swimming in Iceland or enjoying Malibu's beaches. Now he's on a mission to share what he's learned.

January 19, 2016
Prom-goers embrace during a "Night to Shine" event in Orland Park, Ill. last year. (Tim Tebow Foundation)

Proms Expected To Draw 30,000 With Special Needs

This Valentine's Day weekend, hundreds of proms planned specifically for people with special needs will take place on a single night at sites around the globe.

January 14, 2016

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Garrett Edberg, a 12-year-old with autism and multiple cognitive disabilities, has his teeth brushed on Sept. 16, 2015 in Elk River, Minn. Edberg has been on the waiver waiting list for 7 years. (David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

For Some, Wait For Disability Services Is Over

Under pressure to stop hoarding funds intended for Medicaid waivers, more than 1,000 people with disabilities in one state are now finally getting help.

January 13, 2016

Bill Would Expand Access To Community Living

At present, it's often far easier for people with disabilities to receive institutional care than community-based supports, but proposed legislation would ensure equal access to both.

January 12, 2016
A&E Network has committed to a second season of the documentary series "Born This Way." (Adam Taylor)

TV Show Featuring Young Adults With Down Syndrome To Return

More episodes are on the way for a new television show focusing on the lives of young adults with Down syndrome.

January 12, 2016

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