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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
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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

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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

Accountant Pleads No Contest To Stealing $7 Million From Arc Chapter

A bookkeeper is accused of stealing millions that otherwise would have gone to client services at a developmental disability nonprofit over a span of nearly two decades.

June 8, 2018

Nation’s Largest Employer Misses Disability Hiring Goal

The U.S. government is falling short on a plan to dramatically increase hiring of people with intellectual disability and other conditions, according to a new report.

May 22, 2018

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Goodwill Settles Harassment Claims From Workers With Disabilities

Goodwill and an affiliate will pay $850,000 to eight former and current employees — including women with developmental disabilities — to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

May 11, 2018

Arc Chapter To Pay Nearly $2.3 Million Over Medicaid Billing

A nonprofit that serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities is settling accusations that it billed Medicaid for services not provided and other issues.

May 1, 2018
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Senators Call For End To Subminimum Wage Amid Accusations Of Exploitation

Subminimum wages are under fire as a group of U.S. senators called for an end to the "discriminatory" practice and a company was accused of exploiting nearly 250 workers with disabilities.

April 27, 2018

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Congressman Hopes Disability Internship Program Outlives His Tenure

As U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper prepares to leave Congress, he has high hopes the Capitol Hill internship program he created for individuals with intellectual disabilities will continue to grow.

April 18, 2018

Caregivers Lobby For Better Pay

Direct support workers are typically only paid minimum wage, but a coalition of service providers is arguing that caregiving is not an entry-level job and compensation should be more fitting.

April 17, 2018
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Trump Signs Bill Adding Protections For Social Security, SSI Recipients

Individuals tasked with handling Social Security payments for people with disabilities will be subject to greater scrutiny under a new law signed by President Donald Trump.

April 17, 2018

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