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Woman Pleads Guilty To $1.2M Medicaid Fraud Scheme

The owner of a health care company pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing for servicing multiple children with disabilities simultaneously and charging for more than 24 hours in a single day.

September 20, 2019
Class

Feds Issue Guidance On Postsecondary Programs For Students With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education is weighing in after confusion forced some students with disabilities to withdraw from or forgo applying to postsecondary programs.

September 18, 2019

Cartoon Network To Mentor Individuals With Autism

A new effort launching this week is pairing people on the spectrum with mentors from Cartoon Network Studios.

September 17, 2019

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A caregiver assists a man with autism.

Unique Program Teaches People With Disabilities To Be Care Providers

A first-of-its-kind training program aims to provide career opportunities to people with disabilities while also addressing the shortage of direct support professionals.

September 9, 2019
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Trump Extends Program Helping People Leave Institutions

For the third time this year, extra funding will keep alive a program that moves individuals with disabilities from institutions into the community while lawmakers consider a longer-term plan.

August 20, 2019
Justin Pierce

After Years Of Underemployment, People With Autism Thrive In Tech Jobs

As a handful of major technology companies make concerted efforts to hire those on the spectrum, opportunities are opening up for a talented group of long-overlooked job seekers.

August 19, 2019

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School desks

IEP Meetings Warrant Time Off From Work, Labor Department Says

A new opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that many parents of kids with disabilities are entitled to take time away from work to attend their child's IEP meetings.

August 16, 2019

Cafe Employs, Gives Back To People With Disabilities

Inspired by her 8-year-old who has autism and Down syndrome, a mom recently opened a coffee shop dedicated to accepting everyone, including those with special needs.

July 26, 2019
U.S. Capitol

House Votes To End Subminimum Wage

For the first time, federal lawmakers have approved legislation that would end a practice allowing employers to pay people with disabilities less than minimum wage.

July 19, 2019

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Goodwill Takes Heat For Halting Pay For Workers With Disabilities

After a local Goodwill announced it would stop paying many workers with disabilities, the nonprofit rescinded the decision and apologized but not before facing significant backlash.

July 19, 2019
Girl plays in preschool class

Despite Success, Federal Funding Plummets For Special Ed Preschool

Programs for preschoolers with disabilities are required by law. But as the number of students needing services has doubled, funding per child has decreased 40 percent in two decades.

July 17, 2019
Aerial view of neighborhood

Feds Earmark $150M For Disability Housing Assistance

Federal officials say they plan to dole out millions of dollars to help thousands of people with disabilities access housing in the community.

July 10, 2019

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