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Reluctant Localities Are Being Dragged Into Court To Fix Sidewalks For People With Disabilities

Hundreds of towns, cities and states across the U.S. have ignored part of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and now it's costing them billions of dollars to comply.

October 27, 2021
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Federal Jobs Program Moves To End Subminimum Wage

A massive program that puts people with disabilities to work through federal government contracts across the country plans to no longer allow workers to be paid less than minimum wage.

October 22, 2021
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Public Comment Sought On Nation’s Autism Plan

Federal officials are looking for feedback from the public as a key panel works to update the government's autism agenda for the first time in years.

October 19, 2021

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State Police Sued Over Tackling Of Man With Down Syndrome

When Dan Corbett pulled to the side of the road to calm his son with Down syndrome, he never imagined that multiple state troopers would intervene and wind up tackling his son to the ground.

October 12, 2021
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Uncertainty Surrounds Biden Plan To Boost Disability Services

With President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion plan to expand the nation's social safety net being chopped, disability advocates are fighting to keep a massive investment in Medicaid waivers alive.

October 8, 2021

California Joins Growing List Of States Ending Subminimum Wage

California is joining 10 other states including Alaska, Oregon and Texas in phasing out the practice of paying workers with disabilities as little as $2 an hour.

October 5, 2021

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Survey Finds Disability Service Providers On The Brink

Disability service providers across the nation are in crisis, with a majority reporting that they're shutting down programs, turning away new referrals and struggling to maintain standards.

October 1, 2021
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Feds Step In So Group Homes Can Get Mortgages

Federal officials are working to ensure that financing doesn't get in the way of developing new group homes.

September 28, 2021

Workers With Developmental Disabilities Owed $304,000

A state-funded center must pay thousands in back pay to people with developmental disabilities who were not provided required employment counseling and due to poor records.

September 28, 2021

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Senator Wants To Increase SSI Benefits That Haven’t Been Updated In Decades

With a hearing this week, one senator is pushing for major changes to the long-overlooked Supplemental Security Income program's modest benefits and low asset limits.

September 24, 2021

FDA Wants Court To Reconsider Ban On Shock Devices For Those With IDD

The Food and Drug Administration is fighting back after a federal court overturned its ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

September 21, 2021

Feds Push Back On State’s 5-Year Residency Requirement For Medicaid Waivers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says a new law in one state requiring individuals with IDD to be residents for five years before they can apply for waivers is "not permitted."

September 20, 2021

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