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Eight-year-old twin brothers Patrick, left, and Dominic Basara, right, take in an exhibit at the first sensory day for kids with autism at Legoland Discovery Center

Kid Meccas Increasingly Go Sensory Friendly

More and more, recreational and cultural institutions are offering special programs and accommodations to welcome children on the spectrum and their families.

August 14, 2017

Family Builds At-Home Sensory Room

Typically sensory rooms are built for schools or centers that serve people with special needs, but one family decided to incorporate such a specially-designed space into their own home.

August 3, 2017
Hollywood

Report: Disability Remains Underrepresented In Movies

A new analysis of hundreds of the most popular films in recent years finds that portrayals of people with disabilities are few and far between.

August 1, 2017

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iFly

Indoor Skydiving Offers Those With Disabilities ‘Major Rush’

For adventure seekers with special needs, an indoor skydiving range is offering a chance to soar unencumbered by their challenges.

July 31, 2017

Woman Calms Panicked Child On Transatlantic Flight

About an hour into an eight-hour flight, a young boy who appeared to have special needs began screaming. What happened next offered a lesson in compassion that has circulated widely online.

July 25, 2017
The Good Doctor

Autism Drama Set To Debut On ABC

A new prime-time drama with a lead character on the spectrum will premiere this fall.

July 25, 2017

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Andrew Butler, left, lets his parents, Mark and Susan, know that he wants to leave and go for a car ride

State Aims To Help Parents Keep Custody Of Kids With Disabilities

One state is working to keep families together with a new crisis fund designed to help children with severe behaviors get the support they need without forcing parents to give up custody.

July 19, 2017
Lela Forrest gets her hair cut

Salons Adapt To Needs Of Kids On The Spectrum

Haircuts can be a challenge for children with autism, but more and more stylists are working to address their unique needs.

July 18, 2017

Sensory-Friendly Efforts Expanding To Zoos

Increasingly, local zoos are working to become more welcoming to kids with disabilities and those who are sensitive to noises and other stimulation.

July 14, 2017

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Alec Baldwin

‘Blind’ Film Takes Heat For Casting Alec Baldwin In Lead Role

A new film that's set to hit theaters this month is facing criticism for casting able-bodied Alec Baldwin as a man with a disability.

July 12, 2017
Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama To Salute Special Olympics Founder

Former first lady Michelle Obama will highlight the work of one of the world's largest organizations for people with intellectual disabilities during a nationally-televised event this week.

July 11, 2017
Forrest Sargent

Fight Over Institution Divides Families

In an age when integration into the community is considered a civil right for people with developmental disabilities, do institutions have a place?

July 10, 2017

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