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Biden Administration Will Defend Law That Denies SSI Benefits To Some

Residents of Puerto Rico and other territories are excluded from SSI and President Joe Biden says the Justice Department will defend a law keeping it that way even though he wants it changed.

June 11, 2021
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Biden’s Budget Includes Boost To Special Ed, Disability Services

With his $6 trillion budget, President Joe Biden is cementing his resolve to significantly expand the nation's investment in home and community-based services for people with disabilities.

June 2, 2021
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Congress Urged To Increase Spending On Autism

Dozens of members of Congress are calling for the federal government to ramp up its investment in autism-related activities by spending an additional $150 million on the developmental disorder.

May 25, 2021

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500 CEOs Commit To Prioritizing Disability Inclusion

The chief executives of Apple, Google, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Sony and hundreds of other international organizations are committing to advance disability inclusion.

May 19, 2021
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Biden Administration Gives States Flexibility To Expand Disability Services

States are being given wide latitude to spend an extra $12.67 billion for Medicaid home and community-based services on everything from getting people off waiting lists to raising pay for DSPs.

May 17, 2021
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Stimulus Funds Earmarked For Disability Services Remain In Limbo

Nearly two months after federal lawmakers approved billions in extra spending on disability services, advocates say the money is going unspent because states don't know how it can be used.

May 7, 2021

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Pandemic Exaggerated Pressures On DSPs, Report Finds

Long plagued by high turnover and low pay, new research suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic further amplified the extraordinary pressures on DSPs who help people with developmental disabilities.

May 4, 2021
President Joe Biden at podium

How Biden’s Families Plan Impacts People With Disabilities

President Joe Biden's $1.8 trillion American Families Plan would establish a federal paid leave program and boost child care and special education, but the proposal falls short on modernizing SSI.

April 30, 2021
Committee members sit at table

Government Ignoring Recommendations On Autism Funding, Study Finds

A panel of federal officials, advocates and other stakeholders is supposed to set the government's autism priorities, but new research suggests that's not what's happening.

April 26, 2021

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Biden Urged To Back Broad Changes To SSI

Dozens of federal lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to support increasing SSI benefits, growing the asset limit, doing away with the marriage penalty and other changes.

April 22, 2021
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New Push Underway To Eliminate Subminimum Wage

Government investigators say that a lack of resources is one of the main reasons people with disabilities continue to work for less than minimum wage. Now, some lawmakers want to change that.

April 16, 2021
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Marijuana-Themed License Plates To Benefit Disability Community

In an effort to better support people with disabilities, one state is offering motorists the chance to emblazon their cars with phrases like "BONG," "GANJA," "HASH" and "HEMP."

April 15, 2021

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