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Court Upholds $33 Million Penalty For Underfunding Special Ed

One state will likely have to give up $33.3 million in funds after a U.S. appeals court found that it violated a federal rule requiring a minimum amount of spending on special education.

November 9, 2018
Lacey Athey

Voc Rehab Doubling Down On Transition-Age Youths

Vocational rehabilitation agencies say they're serving more students with disabilities thanks to a new federal mandate, but they're still falling short of fully meeting their obligations.

November 8, 2018
FEMA task force

Recent Natural Disasters Trigger Complaints From Disability Groups

Advocates say that federal emergency response efforts are failing to protect the civil rights of people with disabilities, including by sending them unnecessarily to nursing homes.

November 6, 2018

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Voting Poses Accessibility Challenges

On Election Day, as many as one in four voters may need help getting to the polling place, reading their ballots or filling them out.

November 6, 2018
Denise Hok

Trump Rollback Of Disability Rules Can Make Doctor’s Visits Painstaking

Standards have been proposed to address what are often viewed as disparities in medical treatment for people with disabilities, but the Trump administration has declined to enforce them.

November 5, 2018
Direct care worker

States Cite Hurdles To Providing Community-Based Services

States are facing challenges meeting their obligations to provide home and community-based services to people with developmental disabilities and other groups, federal investigators say.

November 2, 2018

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Walmart Sued Over Alleged ADA Violations

Walmart is being accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible.

October 30, 2018

Settlement Reached After Student Reportedly Left In Basement

A student with disabilities who was allegedly removed from school, placed in a basement and told to watch DVDs and sort nuts and bolts, will receive more than $1 million in compensation.

October 26, 2018

Ed Department: Texas Must Do More To Help Students Needing Special Ed

After determining that Texas illegally set a cap on the number of students receiving special ed, the U.S. Department of Education says the state is not doing enough to fix the problems.

October 22, 2018

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Device to track visits from her home-care workers

Concerns Linger Over Medicaid Caregiver Check-In Mandate

Advocates are pushing for clearer privacy protections as states work to comply with a requirement that personal care attendants electronically check in when assisting people with disabilities.

October 19, 2018

Supermarket Chain Fined For Violating ADA

A grocery chain has agreed to pay more than $30,000 in penalties and make sure the checkouts at hundreds of stores are accessible to those with disabilities.

October 19, 2018
Student takes test

Test-Maker Says It’s No Longer Divulging Students’ Disabilities

A major standardized test-maker says it has changed its ways after being accused of illegally disclosing students' disabilities.

October 16, 2018

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