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Texas Saved Billions Cutting Special Ed: Now The Bill Comes Due

Following what one advocate called "absolutely the largest-scale violation" of IDEA, Texas is embarking on what may amount to the biggest single expansion of special education services ever.

October 2, 2018
U.S. Capitol

Special Ed, Disability Programs Spared In Government Budget Deal

The federal government will increase funding for special ed and allocate money to address the needs of caregivers as part of a spending bill that's expected to be signed by the president.

September 28, 2018

Party City Accused Of Denying Job To Woman With Autism

The EEOC is suing Party City alleging that a woman with autism was denied a sales job after a store manager realized she had a disability and would be assisted by a job coach.

September 26, 2018

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Fundraiser Pairs Chefs, People With Special Needs

A new project is connecting chefs with people who have developmental disabilities to inspire restaurant menu items, with a portion of proceeds going to support group homes and day programs.

September 25, 2018

Wendy’s Investigates Firing Of Employee With Asperger’s

Fast-food chain Wendy's is investigating the termination of an employee on the spectrum whose family was told he was "making guests uncomfortable."

September 21, 2018
U.S. Capitol

Plan To Renew Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions Advances

Lawmakers are pushing forward with plans to renew a federal program that helps people with disabilities move from institutions to community living.

September 17, 2018

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Millions In Disability Housing Assistance Headed To States

People with disabilities in nearly every state will receive help accessing housing in the community thanks to an infusion of millions in federal dollars.

September 6, 2018
Social Security office

SSI May Have Overpaid $380 Million To Beneficiaries

Social Security may have overpaid in excess of $380 million to some 77,000 people receiving Supplemental Security Income, according to a government audit.

August 30, 2018

Who Should Pick Up The Tab For Postsecondary Programs?

Disability advocates want federal education officials to clear up what they say is misleading information keeping students with intellectual disabilities from attending postsecondary programs.

August 20, 2018

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State May Need Billions To Bring IDEA Services Up To Standards

It's estimated that one state will need to come up with some $3.2 billion in the next three years to provide special education to students who were previously denied services.

August 14, 2018

Behavior Therapists Accused Of Billing For ‘Impossible’ Hours

Amid concerns about fraudulent billing by behavior analysts, providers say that one state's Medicaid program is dragging out approvals and preventing kids from getting therapy for months.

August 3, 2018
Child with cerebral palsy

Couples Feel Pressure To Divorce To Help Their Kids With Disabilities

Struggling to afford the specialized equipment and treatments their children with disabilities need, some couples consider divorcing so that their kids can qualify for government benefits.

July 30, 2018

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