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Business Built Around Workers With Disabilities Expanding

A car wash designed to employ people with autism is proving so successful after three years in business that the owners are adding a second location.

May 24, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor is giving disability providers more time to comply with a new rule expanding overtime pay amid concerns that the change could negatively impact services for people with disabilities. (Glenn Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Disability Providers Get Reprieve From New Wage Rule

Disability providers are getting extra leeway as the Obama administration moves forward with a new rule that many worried could force service cuts for people with special needs.

May 19, 2016
Lowe's will pay $8.6 million and hire an ADA consultant as part of a settlement agreement with the EEOC. (David T. Foster, III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Lowe’s Paying Millions To Settle Disability Discrimination Case

One of the nation's largest home improvement retailers will pay millions to settle claims that it fired thousands of workers with disabilities in violation of the ADA.

May 13, 2016

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Nolan Askew, 17, presses a button on a computer-numerical-control machine to begin making another part at an information meeting for a brand new program called the Uniquely Abled Academy at Glendale Community College. (Tim Berger/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

New Program For Adults With Autism Matches Potential With Skills

A one-of-a-kind program will train adults with autism for manufacturing jobs that can command $18 an hour or more and organizers say they hope to expand the effort nationally.

May 11, 2016

First ABLE Accounts Expected This Summer

A year and a half after legislation paved the way for people with disabilities to save without jeopardizing their government benefits, the first accounts are poised to become available.

May 10, 2016
Austin Underwood stands next to his food truck, which will serve specialty hot dogs in Fort Worth, Texas. (Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Teleram/TNS)

Chef With Down Syndrome Opens Food Truck

A rolling restaurant serving up hot dogs with inventive toppings such as "dawg sauce" is helping a 37-year-old with Down syndrome fulfill his dreams.

May 9, 2016

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For Those with Special Needs, Jobs Picture Stable

The employment situation for Americans with disabilities is steady even as overall hiring across the nation has slowed, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

May 6, 2016

Voc Rehab Often Leads To Low-Paying Jobs For Those With Autism

Most people with autism who receive vocational rehabilitation services exit the program with a job, a new report finds, but such employment is typically part-time and low paid.

May 3, 2016
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

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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
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

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