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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Disability Advocates Concerned By Plan To Axe School Discipline Guidance

A Trump administration panel is recommending that federal officials rescind Obama-era guidance aimed at ensuring that minorities and students with disabilities aren't unfairly disciplined.

December 18, 2018

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

Two years after proposing a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities, federal regulators say they intend to move forward with the plan.

December 17, 2018

Judge Grapples With How To Handle Defendant With Intellectual Disability

The case of a man with intellectual disability who is accused of tax fraud is highlighting the challenges the federal justice system faces in dealing with such defendants.

December 14, 2018

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Guiding Hands School sign

Protesters Demand Closure Of School Where Teen Was Restrained, Later Died

Former students, disability advocates and parents are calling for the closure of a school where a teen with autism stopped breathing and later died after being restrained by staff.

December 12, 2018

Student With Special Needs Dead After Being Restrained At School

A 13-year-old with autism is dead after reportedly being held face down in a prone restraint for roughly an hour at school.

December 10, 2018
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Future Uncertain As Money To Move People Out Of Institutions Runs Dry

With time and money running out, advocates are pushing for passage of a bill that would extend a federal program that moves people with disabilities from institutions to community living.

December 7, 2018

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George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush

George H.W. Bush Remembered As Champion For Those With Disabilities

The former president said that signing the Americans with Disabilities Act was one of his proudest accomplishments during his time in office.

December 4, 2018
U.S. Department of Education

Ed Department Reopening Hundreds Of Disability-Related Complaints

The U.S. Department of Education is reversing course after being sued over changes to its handling of disability discrimination complaints in schools.

December 3, 2018
U.S. Capitol

Disability Groups Hope For Additional Support From New Congress

Advocates are optimistic that the forthcoming shift in the balance of power in Congress could bring positive change for people with disabilities.

November 28, 2018

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Mom Charged After Leaving Daughter With Special Needs At Hospital

A mother is charged with child neglect after police say she left her 12-year-old who has a developmental disorder that causes behavioral problems at a hospital and refused to pick her up.

November 27, 2018

Settlement Reached In 25-Year-Old Special Education Case

A proposed settlement in a class-action suit spanning over two decades is expected to improve educational support and academic achievement for more than 250,000 students with disabilities.

November 16, 2018
School class

Lawmakers Revive Plan To Curb Restraint, Seclusion In Schools

Legislation establishing first-ever federal oversight of restraint and seclusion in the nation's schools is back on the table.

November 15, 2018

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