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Biden Names Pick For Special Education Chief

The country may soon see a new top special education official.

November 16, 2021
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Britney Spears’ Case Highlights Pitfalls Of Conservatorships

With her conservatorship terminated, Britney Spears now has control over her checkbook and her uterus, but perhaps more than anything, her case shows how the legal tool can harm as well as help.

November 16, 2021
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Wheelchair Users Can Face Hefty Costs Not Covered By Insurance

The right wheelchair can cost thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars, and private insurance only covers so much. Now, a federal class-action lawsuit claims the situation is discriminatory.

November 16, 2021

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CVS Drops Supreme Court Case Over Disability Community Concerns

CVS is backing off a U.S. Supreme Court case amid concerns from disability advocates that a ruling in the company's favor could undermine fundamental tenets of the nation's disability rights laws.

November 12, 2021
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Federal Judge Blocks State Ban On Mask Mandates In Schools

A state executive order banning public schools from imposing mask mandates cannot be enforced because it violates federal law by putting students with disabilities at greater risk of COVID-19.

November 12, 2021
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Justice Department Sues Uber For Disability Discrimination

The U.S. government is suing Uber alleging that the ride-sharing service is illegally overcharging people with disabilities by imposing "wait time" fees if they need extra time to get in a car.

November 11, 2021

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What COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Mean For People With IDD

Sweeping new Biden administration rules requiring millions of American workers to receive COVID-19 vaccines will apply to many of those who support people with developmental disabilities.

November 8, 2021
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Feds Update Rules For Disability Employment

New federal guidance is spelling out what qualifies as competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

November 4, 2021

With Masks Optional At Some Schools, Students With Disabilities Feel Cast Aside

Parents argue that a ban on mask mandates effectively kept children with certain disabilities from campus this semester despite federal laws guaranteeing them access to public education.

November 3, 2021

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Senators Back FDA On Electric Shock Device Ban

A group of senators is urging the FDA to keep up the fight after a federal court overturned the agency's ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

November 2, 2021
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Biden Pushes For Largest Boost Ever To Community-Based Services

President Joe Biden is plowing ahead with plans to make the biggest investment in Medicaid home and community-based services in 40 years as part of an ambitious package of social safety net reforms.

October 29, 2021
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Parents Of Man With Disability Fatally Shot In Costco To Get $17 Million

A federal jury awarded $17 million in damages to the family of a man with a mental disability who was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer while shopping at Costco with his parents.

October 29, 2021

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