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State May Need Billions To Bring IDEA Services Up To Standards

It's estimated that one state will need to come up with some $3.2 billion in the next three years to provide special education to students who were previously denied services.

August 14, 2018

Behavior Therapists Accused Of Billing For ‘Impossible’ Hours

Amid concerns about fraudulent billing by behavior analysts, providers say that one state's Medicaid program is dragging out approvals and preventing kids from getting therapy for months.

August 3, 2018
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Couples Feel Pressure To Divorce To Help Their Kids With Disabilities

Struggling to afford the specialized equipment and treatments their children with disabilities need, some couples consider divorcing so that their kids can qualify for government benefits.

July 30, 2018

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Agencies Ramp Up Efforts To Attract Direct Support Professionals

Agencies serving people with disabilities say they are embracing various initiatives — from recruitment campaigns to longevity pay and an emphasis on emotional rewards — to attract workers.

July 24, 2018
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Feds Mull Changes To Disability Employment Rules

The Trump administration is planning to alter existing regulations aimed at steering individuals with disabilities away from sheltered workshops.

July 23, 2018
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Caregiver Shortages Exacerbated By Soaring Housing Prices

The work is demanding and low paid, and now some providers say that high housing costs are making it even harder to find home care workers to assist those with disabilities.

July 11, 2018

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ABLE Programs In Jeopardy, Disability Advocates Warn

Without a big change, advocates are warning that a recently-established vehicle to help people with disabilities save money without risking their government benefits could be unsustainable.

June 28, 2018

School District Pays $1.3 Million To Settle Landmark Special Ed Case

A seven-year legal battle that led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision raising the standard schools must meet in educating students with disabilities is coming to a close.

June 25, 2018
Direct support worker assists client

Direct Support Workers In Short Supply As Demand Surges

Agencies that offer supports to people with developmental disabilities say they are struggling more than ever to attract workers, forcing some to terminate services and decline new clients.

June 18, 2018

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Nation Spending More On Community Living

Government spending on home and community-based services has risen dramatically, with a new report finding that growth doubled year-over-year as funding for institutions declined.

June 14, 2018
Bagging groceries

In Shift, Work Opportunities Expand For Young People With Disabilities

Under new federal regulations, young people with disabilities who once would have been steered to jobs paying subminimum wage are being put on a path toward mainstream employment.

June 13, 2018

Low Medicaid Rates Preventing Children From Getting ABA Therapy

In some parts of the country, families say the reimbursement rates Medicaid pays for applied behavior analysis are so low that they're unable to find providers willing to serve them.

June 12, 2018

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