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Lawmakers Renew Effort For Federal Limits On Restraint And Seclusion In Schools

After an investigation found that special education students are restrained and secluded thousands of times each day, lawmakers want to impose limits on the practices in schools nationwide.

June 5, 2023
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Advocates Call On FDA To Reissue Ban On Shock Devices For Those With Disabilities

The Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to ban devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities years after a previous attempt was blocked in court.

May 23, 2023
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Medicaid, Disability Programs Could Face Cuts In Debt Ceiling Negotiations

The future of Medicaid and other programs critical to people with disabilities are on the line amid a Washington standoff over the nation's debt ceiling, advocates say.

May 19, 2023

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He Made History As A College Football Player With Down Syndrome. Now, He’s Suing His School

Caden Cox became the first college football player with Down syndrome to score, but now he's alleging that he faced discrimination, assault, retaliation and that administrators failed to protect him.

May 18, 2023
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Labor Department Urged To Curtail Subminimum Wage Program

Disability advocacy groups are calling on the federal government to stop issuing any new certificates authorizing employers to pay people with disabilities less than minimum wage.

May 15, 2023
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Senate Confirms New Special Education Chief

After a year and a half in limbo, the nation has a new top special education official.

May 12, 2023

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End Of Public Health Emergency Brings ‘Uncertainty’ For Disability Services

Many of the pandemic-era policies that benefited people with disabilities are set to expire and the implications could be significant, touching everything from health care to community-based services.

May 11, 2023

Parents, Feds Fight For Kids Stuck In Nursing Homes

A federal lawsuit asserts that Florida's reliance on institutions for medically fragile kids is an affront to laws requiring that people with disabilities be served in home-like settings when possible.

May 10, 2023
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Lawmakers Seek To Improve Air Travel For People With Disabilities

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking to institute new requirements in order to make air travel easier for passengers with disabilities.

May 9, 2023

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Biden Administration Pushed To Address Disability Discrimination In Health Care

More than two years after federal officials signaled that they would update regulations to keep medical providers from discriminating against people with disabilities, advocates say the clock is ticking.

May 8, 2023
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Feds Want To Shake Up Rules For Home And Community-Based Services

Federal Medicaid officials are proposing major changes aimed at improving access to home and community-based services for people with disabilities and bolstering the DSP workforce.

May 5, 2023

Bill Would Create Program To Help Caregivers Of Children With Autism

Legislation introduce in Congress would provide grants to organizations so that they can offer caregiver skills training for families of children with autism and other disabilities.

May 5, 2023

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