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Judge Orders Back Pay For Sheltered Workshop Employees

In a move that could have widespread implications, a judge has ordered a sheltered workshop to pay more than $54,000 in damages and back pay after wrongly setting subminimum wages.

February 5, 2016

Hiring Dips For People With Disabilities

The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is on the rise, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.

February 5, 2016
President Barack Obama signs a compromise $1.1 trillion spending package that funds the government through September 2016 in the Oval Office at the White House. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Feds Boost Spending On Special Ed, Disability Programs

With funding gains for special education, housing and other disability programs, advocates say the federal government's latest budget is a step in the right direction.

January 19, 2016

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Garrett Edberg, a 12-year-old with autism and multiple cognitive disabilities, has his teeth brushed on Sept. 16, 2015 in Elk River, Minn. Edberg has been on the waiver waiting list for 7 years. (David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

For Some, Wait For Disability Services Is Over

Under pressure to stop hoarding funds intended for Medicaid waivers, more than 1,000 people with disabilities in one state are now finally getting help.

January 13, 2016
A machine processes stacks of one dollar bills at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington. New tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities will be more broadly available thanks to a change to federal law. (Thinkstock)

ABLE Accounts May Be Available Sooner Than Expected

A tweak to federal law is poised to greatly expand choice and speed up availability of accounts allowing people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.

January 11, 2016

At Year’s End, More With Disabilities Employed

New government data shows that hiring is on the rise and Americans with disabilities appear to be sharing in the gains.

January 8, 2016

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A sheltered workshop employee takes a momentary break from repackaging plastic sprayers to chat with her mother. A settlement to resolve a first-of-its-kind lawsuit will allow more than 1,000 Oregon residents with disabilities who are currently working in segregated settings to enter community-based employment. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Judge Approves Shift Away From Sheltered Workshops

A settlement in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit is set to reshape a state-run employment program for people with disabilities that has been heavily dependent on sheltered workshops.

January 6, 2016
At least a fifth of the employees at a Courtyard by Marriott hotel opening Dec. 22 in Muncie, Ind. will be people with disabilities. The facility also includes a training institute where those with special needs will come to gain job skills. (The Arc of Indiana)

Hotel Centered Around Workers With Special Needs Set To Open

A first-of-its-kind, fully-functioning teaching hotel designed to provide job training and employment for people with disabilities is ready to open its doors.

December 18, 2015

A Bet On Inclusion Pays Off

In 2002, Vermont became the first state to stop funding sheltered workshops for people with disabilities. Today, the state leads the nation in almost every measure of workplace inclusion.

December 16, 2015

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Unemployment On Rise For Those With Disabilities

Despite strong job growth last month, new federal data suggests that unemployment among people with disabilities ticked up sharply.

December 4, 2015
Joseph Leogrande, who is on the autism spectrum, learns to make a podcast with the education nonprofit Tech Kids Unlimited. (Arianna Skibell/The Hechinger Report)

More On The Spectrum Training For Tech Jobs

Increasingly, technology is seen as an ideal field for adults with autism, but some critics say this push could pigeonhole those on the spectrum and preclude other potential careers.

December 1, 2015
Google will donate a dollar toward special education projects for each purchase made this holiday season using Android Pay. (Bigstock)

Google Pledges Funds For Special Education

Google is sharing the wealth this holiday season, with a plan to donate millions of dollars to benefit students in special education at schools across the country.

December 1, 2015

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