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Feds Take Steps To Shore Up Disability Caregiver Workforce

The Biden administration is rolling out a host of new initiatives aimed at addressing the severe shortage of workers supporting people with disabilities living in the community.

February 29, 2024
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Disability Employment Hits Record High

The number of people with disabilities across the nation who are employed is at its highest level since federal officials started keeping track.

February 27, 2024

Parents Sue Founder Of Trust Fund That Lost $100 Million

The founder of a nonprofit that administers special needs trusts is accused of draining more than 1,500 funds set up for individuals with disabilities and others with complex medical needs.

February 27, 2024

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Ed Department Needs More Funding To Investigate Disability Complaints, Advocates Say

Federal education officials need twice as much money to keep up with a flood of complaints alleging discrimination against students with disabilities and others in the nation's schools.

February 20, 2024

Online Marketplace Aims To Improve Consumer Experience For People With Disabilities

People with disabilities have $200 billion in purchasing power in the U.S., but often report bad customer experiences. Now, an online marketplace is highlighting businesses that are accommodating.

February 20, 2024

Retired Special Educator Stakes $125,000 To Open Coffee Shop That Gives Former Students Jobs

Kim Kaczmarek has long known her students had a hard time beating employment odds and after their plight got even more difficult, she knew she had to do something about it.

February 13, 2024

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Many With Disabilities Earn Far Less Than Minimum Wage. A Push For Equal Pay Continues

Advocates in one state are forging ahead after lawmakers opted not to join more than a dozen other states in ending the practice of allowing workers with disabilities to be paid subminimum wage.

February 9, 2024

Private Equity’s Growing Footprint In Home Health Care Draws Scrutiny

Many private equity firms have turned their sights on the lucrative — and often lightly regulated — home care industry, which provides care for the elderly and people with disabilities.

February 8, 2024
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SSI Recipients Can’t Afford Housing Anywhere In The US

Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries receive too little each month to reasonably afford apartment rent in any housing market across the nation, a new report shows.

February 5, 2024

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Speech Providers Push Back On Insurance Effort To Cut Rates

When a large insurer announced plans to cut reimbursement rates for speech therapy by 12% threatening care for kids with developmental disabilities, speech language pathologists fought back and they won.

February 2, 2024
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Lawmakers Want To End SSI Marriage Penalty For People With Developmental Disabilities

Under a bipartisan proposal in Congress, people with developmental disabilities would no longer sacrifice a key government benefit if they choose to get married.

January 26, 2024
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High Staff Turnover Continues To Plague Direct Support Professional Industry

DSPs in one state were paid 10% more than what was considered a self-sufficient wage 15 years ago. Today, data shows that those same professionals are paid 21% below that threshold.

January 26, 2024

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