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Proposed Changes To ABLE Act Draw Opposition

In an unusual move, dozens of disability advocacy groups say they're ready to line up against efforts in Congress to expand the ABLE Act over concerns that the changes don't go far enough.

October 6, 2016

Business Gets Props For Employing Those On The Spectrum

Coffee giant Starbucks is putting a spotlight on a company that's made a name for itself by creating job opportunities for people with autism.

September 30, 2016
Legislation advanced this month in both houses of Congress that would make small, but meaningful changes to how people with disabilities can save money. (Thinkstock)

Congress Eyes Changes To ABLE Act, Special Needs Trusts

A handful of bills designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to save money are advancing in Congress.

September 27, 2016

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Problems Plague Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation is supposed to help people with disabilities become independent, but federal data indicates over 800,000 deemed eligible for such services received no assistance.

September 21, 2016

Over $24 Million Tagged For Disability Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor is sending millions of dollars to states and organizations, all earmarked to improve the employment odds facing people with disabilities.

September 20, 2016

Fewer With Disabilities Employed, Data Shows

The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is edging up as less people in this population actively seek work, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

September 6, 2016

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Scott Rhude, who has Down syndrome, picks up trash for his workshop job last year. Rhude says he's frustrated by working for less than minimum wage but rarely gets an opportunity to explore other options. (David Joles/Star Tribune/TNS)

Subminimum Wage Changes Catch States ‘Flat-Footed’

Many unknowns remain as new federal rules establish strict limits on paying people with disabilities less than the minimum wage.

August 29, 2016

Service Providers Turn To Washington For Help

Disability providers are looking to Congress for a substantial boost in funding over the next three years as they cope with new mandates that many worry could force service cuts.

August 23, 2016

After Firing Employee With Special Needs, Wal-Mart To Pay Up

A former Wal-Mart employee with intellectual disabilities will receive $90,000 from the company to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit, the EEOC said.

August 17, 2016

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New Rules Designed To Curtail Subminimum Wage Employment

New federal rules are taking effect that will impose strict limits on people with disabilities being paid less than minimum wage.

August 11, 2016

Jobs Report Offers Mixed Message On Disability Employment

The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities fell significantly in the latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor, but that doesn't tell the whole story.

August 5, 2016
Most Goodwills in Texas are moving away from running sheltered workshops, not because they have to, but because such offerings are falling out of favor. (Disability Scoop)

Pressure Mounts To Abandon Sheltered Workshops

Many sheltered workshops are closing, not because they have to, but because they see that such offerings are falling out of favor.

August 3, 2016

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