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Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Trump Extends Program Helping People Leave Institutions

For the third time this year, extra funding will keep alive a program that moves individuals with disabilities from institutions into the community while lawmakers consider a longer-term plan.

August 20, 2019
Justin Pierce

After Years Of Underemployment, People With Autism Thrive In Tech Jobs

As a handful of major technology companies make concerted efforts to hire those on the spectrum, opportunities are opening up for a talented group of long-overlooked job seekers.

August 19, 2019
School desks

IEP Meetings Warrant Time Off From Work, Labor Department Says

A new opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that many parents of kids with disabilities are entitled to take time away from work to attend their child's IEP meetings.

August 16, 2019

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Cafe Employs, Gives Back To People With Disabilities

Inspired by her 8-year-old who has autism and Down syndrome, a mom recently opened a coffee shop dedicated to accepting everyone, including those with special needs.

July 26, 2019
U.S. Capitol

House Votes To End Subminimum Wage

For the first time, federal lawmakers have approved legislation that would end a practice allowing employers to pay people with disabilities less than minimum wage.

July 19, 2019
Goodwill sign

Goodwill Takes Heat For Halting Pay For Workers With Disabilities

After a local Goodwill announced it would stop paying many workers with disabilities, the nonprofit rescinded the decision and apologized but not before facing significant backlash.

July 19, 2019

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Girl plays in preschool class

Despite Success, Federal Funding Plummets For Special Ed Preschool

Programs for preschoolers with disabilities are required by law. But as the number of students needing services has doubled, funding per child has decreased 40 percent in two decades.

July 17, 2019
Aerial view of neighborhood

Feds Earmark $150M For Disability Housing Assistance

Federal officials say they plan to dole out millions of dollars to help thousands of people with disabilities access housing in the community.

July 10, 2019
Sheltered workshop

Momentum Growing To End Subminimum Wage

With federal lawmakers slow to act, cities and states across the country are increasingly moving to bar employers from paying workers with disabilities less than minimum wage.

July 8, 2019

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Women Get Prison For Roles In $13M Behavior Therapy Fraud

Two former employees of an autism therapy provider are headed to federal prison for their roles in a long-running scheme where the company falsely billed government programs for supposed care.

June 27, 2019

House Votes To Renew Program Helping People Leave Institutions

Following years of uncertainty, federal lawmakers are working to renew a popular Medicaid program that moves people with disabilities from institutions into the community.

June 25, 2019

Trump Administration Accused Of ‘Falling Short’ On Disability Hiring

Members of Congress are accusing the Trump administration of hiring too few workers with disabilities and disproportionately firing those with special needs employed at federal agencies.

June 21, 2019

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