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Nine states have formed a consortium as they work to develop their ABLE programs. (Thinkstock)

States Band Together On ABLE Accounts

Several states say they will join forces in an effort to offer new accounts that will allow people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.

April 20, 2016

Study: Autism Costs More Than Double As People Age

State spending on adults with autism is dramatically higher than for children, according to a new analysis that may offer hints of what's to come as more people on the spectrum grow up.

April 19, 2016

Businesses Offered Cash To Hire Workers With Disabilities

In an effort to find more community-based employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, businesses are being offered cash to take on workers with special needs.

April 19, 2016

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A $1.125 million grant from Google will help the Center for Discovery develop an add-on to allow manual wheelchairs to be quickly converted into power chairs. (

Google Awards Millions For Disability Initiative

Google is doling out millions of dollars all with an eye toward using technology to increase independence for the world's billion people with disabilities.

April 13, 2016

For Man With Special Needs, A Fight To Remain Self-Employed

When his job coaching services were switched to a new agency, a Washington man risked losing the business he spent years cultivating. Then, his family stepped in.

April 12, 2016
Elizabeth Criss with her daughter, Emily, who has developmental disabilities. A bill introduced in Congress would help family caregivers remain eligible for Social Security retirement benefits even if they leave their jobs or reduce their work schedule to assist a relative with a disability. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News/TNS)

Bill Seeks Benefit For Caregivers

Family members often take time away from work to care for loved ones with disabilities. Now, a proposal in Congress seeks to ensure that they don't lose out on Social Security for doing so.

April 5, 2016

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Disability Unemployment Rate Sees Improvement

An increasing number of Americans with disabilities are finding work, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

April 1, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said this week that she wants to see people with disabilities earning at least minimum wage. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Clinton Calls For End To Subminimum Wage

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is speaking out about sheltered workshops and the practice of paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage.

March 30, 2016
A staffer at a New Jersey group home lifts a resident from her bed. Agencies that help support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in the community are concerned that a proposed federal rule expanding overtime eligibility for many professionals in the industry could be detrimental. (Tyson Trish/The Record/TNS)

Disability Providers Warn Overtime Rule May Impact Services

A federal proposal to require overtime pay for many professionals who support people with disabilities living in the community could force service cuts, providers say.

March 29, 2016

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Best, Worst States Named For Disability Employment

For people with disabilities, new figures suggest that the odds of having a job varies dramatically depending on where an individual lives.

March 25, 2016
Stacks of one dollar bills sit at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC. Even before ABLE accounts are available to consumers, federal lawmakers are already proposing enhancements to the program. (Thinkstock)

Congress May Consider Tweaks To ABLE Accounts

Federal lawmakers are already looking to expand the eligibility and capabilities of a new type of savings account for people with disabilities.

March 22, 2016

Social Security Urged To Revamp Representative Payee Approach

A new report suggests that many adults with disabilities receiving Social Security benefits need someone else to assist them in handling their money, but oftentimes are left on their own.

March 22, 2016

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