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Disney Theme Park Accommodations Case Now In Judge’s Hands

With the conclusion of a three-day bench trial, it's up to a federal judge to determine whether changes to Disney's disability access policy are discriminatory.

February 21, 2020

Feds Say State Violating Law By Limiting Disability Services

The U.S. Department of Justice says it's not okay to cap the hours of support services that people with disabilities receive because they live with their families rather than in group homes.

February 20, 2020
Magic Kingdom

Disney Goes To Trial Over Theme Park Disability Access Policy

People with autism and other developmental disabilities could soon return to front-of-line status at Disney theme parks, depending on the outcome of a trial getting underway in federal court.

February 18, 2020

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Senators Push FDA To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

Several U.S. senators are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to follow through with a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

February 18, 2020

Do Special Ed Judges Need Law Degrees?

In a bid to address a shortage of special education judges, one state is proposing allowing individuals without law degrees to hear student complaints.

February 18, 2020
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School Calls Cops On 6-Year-Old With Down Syndrome

When a girl with Down syndrome pointed a finger gun at her teacher and said 'I shoot you,' the police were called even though the school recognized she had no intention of harming anyone.

February 14, 2020

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Trump Budget Calls For Cuts To Disability Programs

President Donald Trump is proposing cuts to countless programs benefiting people with disabilities, advocates say, touching everything from Medicaid to employment and autism treatment.

February 13, 2020

Military Families Take Fight For Special Education To Capitol Hill

Families of service members want lawmakers to require the military to provide legal assistance to help them get the special education services their children need.

February 11, 2020

Accessibility A Big Problem At Iowa Caucus

Disability advocates in Iowa say they were promised the first accessible caucus this year, but that's not what they got.

February 11, 2020

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Parents Fight To Continue ABA Therapy

When some children move from early intervention to preschool, their access to ABA comes to a halt. Now, a class-action suit alleges that ending the therapy is a violation of special ed law.

February 6, 2020

Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Institutions Open

Families have filed a federal lawsuit to block the closure of multiple institutions for those with severe developmental disabilities, alleging that the plan violates the residents' rights.

February 4, 2020
Seema Verma

Medicaid Change Prompts Worries About Disability Services

Disability advocates are decrying a Trump administration plan to alter Medicaid that they say could ultimately compromise services that people with disabilities rely on.

February 3, 2020

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