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‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks

With a collection of new materials, "Sesame Street" is working to help kids with autism adapt to wearing face masks and other realities of living through a pandemic.

September 23, 2020
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Hollywood Continues To Overlook Disability Community, Report Shows

Even with gains in the number of characters with disabilities appearing in popular films, a new report finds that this population still remains largely nonexistent on screen.

September 21, 2020
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At 39, Disability Activist Modeling In Her First Show — At New York Fashion Week

As a teenager in the 1990s, Melissa Blake was interested in fashion. Unfortunately, fashion wasn't much interested in her. Now, at 39, Blake, is a fashion role model herself.

September 18, 2020

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Target, Disney Expand Costume Options For Those With Special Needs

With Halloween fast approaching, some major retailers are dramatically expanding the costume choices for kids and adults with disabilities.

September 15, 2020

Roommate Program Looks To Improve Disability Caregiving

The "Rumi" program brings together people with developmental disabilities and full-time roommates who care for them in their homes, all at lower cost than traditional group homes.

September 15, 2020
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Academy Awards Make Push For Increased Disability Representation

For the first time, movies will have to meet inclusion standards in order to contend for best picture at the Oscars and disability representation is a significant piece of the puzzle.

September 10, 2020

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COVID-19 Disproportionately Impacting Those With Developmental Disabilities

The life-altering effects of COVID-19 have been tougher on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities than just about anyone else and they need more support, experts warn.

September 8, 2020

‘Sesame Street’ Changing Attitudes About Autism

Five years after "Sesame Street" put its focus on autism, new research suggests the show's materials are changing minds among parents of kids with and without the developmental disorder.

September 8, 2020

Siblings Rally Around Their Sister With Down Syndrome

Even as their sister with Down syndrome sees her health deteriorate from dementia, a tight-knit group of siblings is determined to care for her themselves, taking on rotating shifts each day.

September 8, 2020

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For Kids Who Are Medically Fragile, Return To School May Be A Long Way Off

Many families are bracing for months if not years of educating their medically fragile kids at home, unable to risk exposure until there's a widely available vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.

September 1, 2020
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Pandemic Hitting Families Of Those With Disabilities Harder

Family caregivers of people with disabilities are experiencing isolation, anxiety and other ill-effects from the coronavirus pandemic in far greater numbers than others, new research finds.

August 28, 2020
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COVID-19 May Shut Many Disability Programs For Good

Disability service providers across the country are closing programs as the coronavirus pandemic wears on and many are unlikely to reopen.

August 24, 2020

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