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Autism Act Clears Senate

A bill that includes more than $1.8 billion for federal efforts to address the needs of people with autism is headed to President Donald Trump.

September 20, 2019

Woman Pleads Guilty To $1.2M Medicaid Fraud Scheme

The owner of a health care company pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing for servicing multiple children with disabilities simultaneously and charging for more than 24 hours in a single day.

September 20, 2019

Families Of Children With Special Needs Now Face Deportation

Under a new Trump administration policy, a program that has long allowed undocumented families to remain in this country while fighting serious or life-threatening conditions is ending.

September 19, 2019

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Feds Issue Guidance On Postsecondary Programs For Students With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education is weighing in after confusion forced some students with disabilities to withdraw from or forgo applying to postsecondary programs.

September 18, 2019

Alert System For Missing People With Disabilities Is Going Unused

Three years ago, one state created an Amber Alert-style system to help find people with disabilities who go missing. But it's never been used despite three recent cases with tragic endings.

September 17, 2019
Betsy DeVos

Trump Administration Drops Appeal Of Special Ed Suit

The Trump administration is giving up on its long-running effort to delay an Obama-era rule designed to keep certain students from being wrongly placed in special education.

September 16, 2019

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Some In Disability Community Wary Of Advocate’s Campaign For Congress

The former head of the National Down Syndrome Society is facing questions about her time leading the organization as she seeks a U.S. House seat largely based on her record with the group.

September 11, 2019
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris

R-Word Enters 2020 Presidential Race

A Democratic candidate for president is apologizing for laughing and praising a man who described President Donald Trump's actions as "mentally retarded."

September 10, 2019

For Those With ASD, Virtual Reality Could Help Improve Police Encounters

Researchers are looking to determine if virtual reality can help teach people with autism how to respond to law enforcement officers, potentially saving lives.

September 10, 2019

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Efforts To Curb Restraint And Seclusion Still Largely Piecemeal

Nearly a decade after Congress first considered restrictions on the use of restraint and seclusion in schools, a new report finds that rules continue to vary significantly from state to state.

September 6, 2019

In Lieu Of Guardianship, States Look To Supported Decision-Making

At least a dozen states have adopted laws encouraging supported decision-making, which — unlike guardianship — allows people with disabilities to make decisions for themselves.

September 4, 2019

Woman Died After A Fall. Did Her Son With Autism Commit Murder By Neglect?

For the last year, a man with autism has been in jail charged with murder and elder abuse after his mother died, even as his attorney says his mother was his caregiver, not the other way around.

September 3, 2019

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