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South Dakota is relying far too much on nursing homes to care for people with disabilities, according to the Justice Department. (Thinkstock)

Feds: Relying On Nursing Homes For Those With Disabilities Not OK

The Obama administration is threatening legal action after an investigation found a state unnecessarily relying on nursing homes to provide disability services in violation of the ADA.

May 3, 2016
A judge has dismissed claims against Disney in a lawsuit alleging that the company's disability access policies violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. It's unclear how the ruling will affect dozens of similar lawsuits that are pending. (Chris Heald/Flickr)

Judge Tosses Disability Access Suit Against Disney

In the first of dozens of similar cases, a federal judge has determined that Disney's disability access policy does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

April 29, 2016
The FDA wants to ban electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior citing an "unreasonable and substantial" risk to public health. (FDA/Flickr)

FDA Moves To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

The FDA is moving forward with plans to ban devices used to administer electric shocks to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

April 22, 2016

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Man With Prader-Willi Feels ‘Safe’ Now

After moving into a specialized home, a man with Prader-Willi syndrome says he's no longer afraid that he'll try to sneak out in the middle of the night to satisfy his insatiable hunger.

April 22, 2016

Autism Wandering Bill Gains Momentum In Congress

Federal legislation addressing the needs of kids with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander is one step closer to becoming law.

April 15, 2016

Families Fight To Keep Institutions, Sheltered Workshops Open

A class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of people with disabilities is drawing backlash from families who say the interests of those who prefer institutional care are being overlooked.

April 15, 2016

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Advocates with the disability-rights group ADAPT were arrested while demonstrating outside the White House on Monday. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Disability Advocates Arrested At White House

Dozens of disability rights activists were arrested Monday amid a series of protests in the nation's capital calling for greater access to community-based services.

April 11, 2016
A civil rights commission in Florida has found "reasonable cause" in responding to complaints from three families who alleged that Disney's disability access policy does not appropriately accommodate their children's special needs. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Disney Again Faulted Over Disability Access Policy

As dozens of lawsuits are readied for trial, a civil rights commission has found reason to believe that Disney has not adequately accommodated theme park visitors with disabilities.

April 8, 2016

Strip Club Visit Prompts Expanded Special Needs Protections

An unwanted trip to a strip club has led to a first-of-its-kind law allowing those with developmental disabilities to have an expert with them during police interviews.

April 6, 2016

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Elizabeth Criss with her daughter, Emily, who has developmental disabilities. A bill introduced in Congress would help family caregivers remain eligible for Social Security retirement benefits even if they leave their jobs or reduce their work schedule to assist a relative with a disability. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News/TNS)

Bill Seeks Benefit For Caregivers

Family members often take time away from work to care for loved ones with disabilities. Now, a proposal in Congress seeks to ensure that they don't lose out on Social Security for doing so.

April 5, 2016

Federal Judge: Religious Schools Exempt From ADA

A federal judge has ruled that a Quaker school is not required to provide services to students with disabilities despite arguments that the school is not overtly religious.

April 5, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said this week that she wants to see people with disabilities earning at least minimum wage. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Clinton Calls For End To Subminimum Wage

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is speaking out about sheltered workshops and the practice of paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage.

March 30, 2016

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