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Company Turns Dog Treats Into Jobs, Futures For Young People With Special Needs

A dog treat manufacturer that was created to provide employment for people with disabilities has caught the eye of actor Ashton Kutcher and now has products at Target, and more.

November 3, 2020
U.S. Department of Education

Education Department Addresses Special Ed Concerns Related To COVID-19

With two new guidance documents, federal education officials are clarifying issues facing both young children with disabilities and those transitioning to adulthood amid the pandemic.

November 2, 2020

State Offers Money To Special Ed Students Affected By School Shutdowns

Students with severe cognitive disabilities in one state could receive up to $1,500 each for tutoring, therapy and other support services to address coronavirus-related learning disruptions.

October 27, 2020

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Day Programs Struggle To Stay Open

The pandemic has shuttered some day programs and those that have reopened are being squeezed by low attendance, a situation that could erase decades of gains in community-based services.

October 23, 2020
Sign outside National Council on Disability office

Federal Agency Recommends Ending Government Disability Jobs Program

An independent federal agency says it's time for a decades-old government jobs program for people with disabilities to come to an end.

October 19, 2020
Social Security office

SSI, Social Security Benefits Will Increase In 2021

People with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income and other Social Security benefits will soon see their payments rise.

October 14, 2020

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Teen With Down Syndrome Is CEO Of Ice Cream Truck

A one-of-a-kind ice cream truck is staffed by a team of "ice cream experts" — all of whom have exceptionalities — and led by a CEO with Down syndrome.

October 13, 2020
Internal Revenue Service sign

IRS Issues Final Rules For ABLE Accounts

Federal officials are firming up rules for a relatively new type of account that allows people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits.

October 12, 2020

Nonprofit Wants To Create 101,000 Jobs For People With Autism

An autism nonprofit in one state is setting an ambitious goal to address the employment needs of residents on the spectrum — to create 101,000 jobs within 10 years.

September 22, 2020

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Sheltered workshop

Government Agency Recommends Ending Subminimum Wage

A federal civil rights commission is calling for an end to a policy that allows people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage describing the program as "rife with abuse."

September 18, 2020

Roommate Program Looks To Improve Disability Caregiving

The "Rumi" program brings together people with developmental disabilities and full-time roommates who care for them in their homes, all at lower cost than traditional group homes.

September 15, 2020
U.S. Capitol

Hopes Fade For Coronavirus Relief For People With Disabilities

Another round of stimulus checks and long-sought funding to ease the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on home- and community-based services are looking increasingly uncertain.

September 14, 2020

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