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John Week, right, steps in on the recycling sorting line while floating at various jobs at MDI’s newly opened plastics fabrication and recycling plant in Cohasset, Minn. (David Joles/Star Tribune/TNS)

Employer Makes Bold Gamble On Inclusion

A small recycling plant is offering a middle ground between sheltered workshops and full integration, paying workers with disabilities at least minimum wage while offering supports.

October 19, 2016

SSI Benefits To Increase In 2017

Individuals with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income or other Social Security benefits will see a small increase next year.

October 18, 2016
Evan Davis, a student in the SUCCESS program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, walks with his red backpack to class. Five states will get federal money for demonstration projects focused on improving post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. (Emilie Eastman/Capital News Service/TNS)

Education Department Aims To Improve Transition Outcomes

Federal officials are funneling millions of dollars toward efforts to better prepare students with disabilities for post-secondary education and competitive employment.

October 10, 2016

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The unemployment rate for people with disabilities fell significantly last month, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor. (Thinkstock)

Sharp Drop Seen In Disability Unemployment Rate

New figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show a steep decline in the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities.

October 7, 2016
Disability advocacy groups are divided in response to how lawmakers have prioritized a handful of proposals to update the ABLE Act. (Thinkstock)

Proposed Changes To ABLE Act Draw Opposition

In an unusual move, dozens of disability advocacy groups say they're ready to line up against efforts in Congress to expand the ABLE Act over concerns that the changes don't go far enough.

October 6, 2016

Business Gets Props For Employing Those On The Spectrum

Coffee giant Starbucks is putting a spotlight on a company that's made a name for itself by creating job opportunities for people with autism.

September 30, 2016

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Legislation advanced this month in both houses of Congress that would make small, but meaningful changes to how people with disabilities can save money. (Thinkstock)

Congress Eyes Changes To ABLE Act, Special Needs Trusts

A handful of bills designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to save money are advancing in Congress.

September 27, 2016

Problems Plague Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation is supposed to help people with disabilities become independent, but federal data indicates over 800,000 deemed eligible for such services received no assistance.

September 21, 2016

Over $24 Million Tagged For Disability Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor is sending millions of dollars to states and organizations, all earmarked to improve the employment odds facing people with disabilities.

September 20, 2016

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Fewer With Disabilities Employed, Data Shows

The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is edging up as less people in this population actively seek work, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

September 6, 2016
Scott Rhude, who has Down syndrome, picks up trash for his workshop job last year. Rhude says he's frustrated by working for less than minimum wage but rarely gets an opportunity to explore other options. (David Joles/Star Tribune/TNS)

Subminimum Wage Changes Catch States ‘Flat-Footed’

Many unknowns remain as new federal rules establish strict limits on paying people with disabilities less than the minimum wage.

August 29, 2016

Service Providers Turn To Washington For Help

Disability providers are looking to Congress for a substantial boost in funding over the next three years as they cope with new mandates that many worry could force service cuts.

August 23, 2016

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