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Freddie Highmore plays a surgical resident with autism on "The Good Doctor"

Why America Is Making An Appointment With ‘The Good Doctor’

The medical drama centering on a doctor with autism wrapped up its fall run as the number one new show on television.

December 6, 2017
Josh Lewis with his service dog

Is That Service Dog A Fake? Under Federal Law, You Can’t Even Ask

Fake service dogs have become the bane of those with disabilities who rely on trained animals. Yet, advocates say there's no push to cinch up loopholes that leave imposters largely unchecked.

December 5, 2017

Autism And The Law: Boy’s Incarceration Reveals Failures Of The System

With escalating behavior issues, county caseworkers told the mother of a teen with autism to call police if her son acted out. Now he's facing felony charges that he doesn't comprehend.

December 4, 2017

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Justice Department: Group Home Ordinance Violates Fair Housing Act

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing over a local zoning ordinance that limits group homes, which the agency contends discriminates against people with disabilities.

December 1, 2017
Child visits Santa

Sensory-Friendly Santa Welcomes Kids With Special Needs

For many with disabilities, the long lines, sites and sounds of a visit to Santa Claus are just too much. But more malls are making an effort to accommodate children with a variety of needs.

November 30, 2017
A boy with autism

Autism Wandering Bill Advances In Senate

Federal legislation aimed at providing tracking devices and resources to those with autism and other developmental disabilities who are at risk of wandering is moving forward.

November 17, 2017

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Airbnb

Airbnb Acquires Site Offering Accessible Accommodations

After taking heat for lack of access for travelers with disabilities, Airbnb is buying a company that arranges vacation stays in private homes that have verified accessibility features.

November 17, 2017

Runner With Cerebral Palsy Sues For Chance To Compete

Aaron Holzmueller is an elite runner in Paralympic competitions. Now he wants a chance to qualify for the state track meet.

November 14, 2017
Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo on "Speechless"

TV Including More Characters With Disabilities

The number of characters with disabilities on prime-time television is at a record high, a new report finds, though the representations remain far short of reflecting real life.

November 9, 2017

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A boy with autism stands in the field he wandered into

Congress May Revisit Autism Tracking Devices

Less than a year after fizzling, federal legislation designed to provide tracking devices and resources to those with developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is back on the table.

November 7, 2017
Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy in "The Good Doctor."

The ‘Good Doctor’ And Autism: Does ABC Get It Right?

"The Good Doctor," which offers a rare portrayal of an adult with autism in the workplace, leapfrogged "The Big Bang Theory" to become the most-watched TV show after just three episodes.

November 1, 2017
Jon Stewart appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to promote his HBO special

Autism Benefit To Air On HBO

Some of the biggest names in comedy are coming together for a nationally-televised event, all to raise money for schools, programs and services for those on the spectrum.

October 27, 2017

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