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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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The EEOC said it has reached a settlement with Wal-Mart in a case the federal agency brought on behalf of William Clark, who has intellectual disabilities and worked for the company for 18 years before being fired. (Shutterstock)

After Firing Employee With Special Needs, Wal-Mart To Pay Up

A former Wal-Mart employee with intellectual disabilities will receive $90,000 from the company to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit, the EEOC said.

August 17, 2016

New Rules Designed To Curtail Subminimum Wage Employment

New federal rules are taking effect that will impose strict limits on people with disabilities being paid less than minimum wage.

August 11, 2016

Jobs Report Offers Mixed Message On Disability Employment

The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities fell significantly in the latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor, but that doesn't tell the whole story.

August 5, 2016

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Most Goodwills in Texas are moving away from running sheltered workshops, not because they have to, but because such offerings are falling out of favor. (Disability Scoop)

Pressure Mounts To Abandon Sheltered Workshops

Many sheltered workshops are closing, not because they have to, but because they see that such offerings are falling out of favor.

August 3, 2016
Disability rights advocate Anastasia Somoza who has cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia waves to delegates after speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday. The issue of pay for workers with disabilities is receiving attention in both the Democratic and Republican Party platforms. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Democrats, Republicans Urge End To Subminimum Wage

With all eyes on the race for the White House, both political parties are calling for big change to rules on employing people with disabilities.

July 28, 2016

Fight For Job Promotion Spotlights Conflict For Disability Providers

In a groundbreaking decision, a human rights agency found that a disability provider likely violated a worker's civil rights when it denied him a promotion because he is also a client.

July 22, 2016

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