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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

School For Those On The Spectrum Makes Splash In Hollywood

Through deals with HBO, Sony, Fox and other studios, a training program is helping adults with autism learn the skills to land jobs in film and television.

June 30, 2017

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Sensory playground

Playground Offers Kids With ASD A Space Of Their Own

It may look like a regular playground, but an outdoor play area debuting this week is one of less than a dozen in the country designed specifically for children with autism.

June 28, 2017

Electronic Devices Help Nonverbal Kids Find Their Voice

With ever-growing options, electronic devices are allowing children with disabilities who are nonverbal to start communicating and, in some cases, learn to speak on their own.

June 27, 2017

Army Scaling Back Respite Care Program

A program designed to help support military families of children with special needs through regular respite care will face cutbacks starting this summer.

June 27, 2017

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Autism At Center Of New Netflix Series ‘Atypical’

The coming-of-age story of an 18-year-old with autism is headed to Netflix.

June 26, 2017
Cornerstone Creek

Housing Development For Adults With Disabilities Becomes A Reality

Using a mix of public and private dollars, one mom fueled the development of modern, affordable apartments specifically designed to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities.

June 21, 2017

With Actors On The Spectrum, Film Offers New Lens

Stories about people with disabilities are increasingly common on the big screen. But in a twist, a rom-com is gaining attention for casting those with autism to play people like themselves.

June 20, 2017

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Morgan's Inspiration Island

Water Park For Those With Special Needs Set To Open

Just in time for summer, a first-of-its-kind splash park designed from the ground up to accommodate people with various special needs will make its debut.

June 15, 2017

Driving School Offers Teens With Disabilities Path To Independence

For those with developmental disabilities, getting behind the wheel can present a steep learning curve, but a tailored driving program is helping to meet individual needs.

June 14, 2017
An adult with autism watches television in his apartment

Many Adults With Autism Struggling Even With Services

State-provided disability services often fail to meet the needs of adults with autism, according to a new report finding many with access to supports don't have any regular daytime activities.

June 13, 2017

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