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National Guard Called Into IDD Care Facilities Due To Staffing Shortages

The National Guard has been called in to help staff four health facilities for people with disabilities or mental illnesses, a sign of how severe staffing shortages have become.

December 6, 2021

Coffee Shop Has Big Plans To Expand Opportunities For Those With IDD

Inspired by the limited job opportunities available to her friends with disabilities, one young adult started a business that's aggressively expanding and expects to employ over 100 people with IDD.

December 1, 2021

Staff Crisis Had State Planning To Move Group Home Residents Into Facility With Cots

A group home staffing crisis prompted a state plan to move dozens of residents with disabilities into a day center where cots were being set up in a gymnasium.

November 30, 2021

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U.S. Capitol

House Approves Largest Investment Ever In Community-Based Services

A roughly $2 trillion bill including a historic investment in Medicaid home and community-based services and support for employment, housing and other disability programs is closer to becoming law.

November 29, 2021
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Apple’s iPad Gets Assistive Technology Boost

Through a partnership with a venerable name in the world of assistive technology, people with disabilities can now control Apple's iPad using nothing more than their eyes.

November 18, 2021
Man in wheelchair

Wheelchair Users Can Face Hefty Costs Not Covered By Insurance

The right wheelchair can cost thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars, and private insurance only covers so much. Now, a federal class-action lawsuit claims the situation is discriminatory.

November 16, 2021

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Paraprofessionals Are Short-Handed, Exhausted

For many schools that rely on paraprofessionals to serve students with disabilities, a shortage of workers coupled with inadequate pay for existing staffers is making for a dire situation.

November 5, 2021
Bagging groceries

Feds Update Rules For Disability Employment

New federal guidance is spelling out what qualifies as competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

November 4, 2021
President Joe Biden at podium

Biden Pushes For Largest Boost Ever To Community-Based Services

President Joe Biden is plowing ahead with plans to make the biggest investment in Medicaid home and community-based services in 40 years as part of an ambitious package of social safety net reforms.

October 29, 2021

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Study: Families Of Children With Special Needs See $18K In Lost Income Annually

A significant number of caregivers of children with special needs reduce their work hours or leave jobs altogether costing their families an average of $18,000 per year, researchers say.

October 28, 2021

Disability Service Providers Struggle To Compete For Workers

With pay rates that are less than fast-food wages, disability service providers can't find staff and are closing group homes and struggling to maintain services as a result.

October 26, 2021
Worker at sheltered workshop

Federal Jobs Program Moves To End Subminimum Wage

A massive program that puts people with disabilities to work through federal government contracts across the country plans to no longer allow workers to be paid less than minimum wage.

October 22, 2021

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