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School Groups Want Flexibility On Special Ed Spending Due To COVID-19

Federal law requires school districts to spend at least as much each year on special ed as they did the last, but in light of the pandemic, school leaders want Congress to ease up on this mandate.

May 29, 2020
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House OKs COVID-19 Relief Plan With More Payments For People With Disabilities

A fresh round of stimulus checks for people with disabilities and billions for home- and community-based services are part of a $3 trillion relief bill that faces an uncertain future.

May 18, 2020
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Feds Offer Guidance On Voc Rehab Services Amid Coronavirus

Vocational rehabilitation agencies can continue to serve individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, though some adjustments may be needed, federal officials say.

May 15, 2020

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Disability Service Providers Struggling To Stay Afloat Amid COVID-19

Service providers nationwide are contending with lost revenues, higher costs and new challenges as they work to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

May 4, 2020
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Stimulus Payments May Be Extended To Dependents With Disabilities

Many people with disabilities will miss out on economic stimulus payments because they are counted as someone else's dependent, but that could change under a proposal in Congress.

April 29, 2020
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Disability Advocates Say Billions Needed For Community-Based Services

As federal lawmakers weigh another coronavirus relief bill, disability advocates say nothing could be more important than increasing funding for home- and community-based services.

April 27, 2020

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Stimulus Checks Now Automatic For People On SSI

Under pressure from advocates and lawmakers, federal officials now say that people with disabilities will no longer need to take any extra steps to receive their economic stimulus payments.

April 16, 2020

Direct Care Workers Struggle To Find Protective Equipment

With supplies being gobbled up, disability providers are desperate for masks and other personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of coronavirus in group homes and other settings.

April 14, 2020

Grocery Employee With Down Syndrome Wants To Do More Amid Pandemic

Steven Eull has been working jobs at both Hy-Vee and Target through the COVID-19 outbreak, but he doesn't feel like he's doing enough so he decided to donate the contents of his piggy bank.

April 14, 2020

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Stimulus Checks Are Automatic, Unless You’re On SSI

Millions of Americans with disabilities are needlessly at risk of missing out on economic stimulus payments they're entitled to, advocates and lawmakers say.

April 10, 2020
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Caregivers May Be Eligible For Paid Leave Under COVID-19 Relief Law

Parents who must stay home from work to care for their adult children with disabilities due to coronavirus-related closures may qualify for paid leave, federal official say.

April 6, 2020
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Amazon Urged To Prioritize Food Deliveries To Group Homes

Amazon is being asked to help ensure that people with developmental disabilities living in group homes and other community settings can access necessities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 3, 2020

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