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Manager Who Enslaved Man With Intellectual Disability Gets 10 years In Prison

A restaurant manager who used violence, threats, isolation and intimidation to force a man with intellectual disability to work for years without pay was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

November 11, 2019
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Trump Plan Would Weaken Disability Housing Protections, Advocates Say

A new Trump administration rule could make it harder for people with developmental disabilities and others to lodge discrimination complaints under the federal Fair Housing Act.

November 8, 2019

Grassroots Movement Educating First Responders On Special Needs Interactions

Spurred by the death of a man with Down syndrome at the hands of off-duty sheriff's deputies, families are making it their mission to educate first responders about people with disabilities.

November 6, 2019

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Senators Join Effort To Increase SSI Asset Limits

A push to allow people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income to keep more assets and remove a penalty affecting those who marry is gaining steam.

November 5, 2019

People With Disabilities Increasingly Holding Elected Office

More individuals with disabilities are becoming elected officials across the country, according to a recent study, though they remain underrepresented.

November 5, 2019

First He Was Shot At By Police. Now He Is Being Evicted From His Group Home

Three years after a man with developmental disabilities wandered from his group home and found himself at the center of a police shooting, his troubles are far from over.

October 29, 2019

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Watchdog Calls For Greater Oversight Of Those Managing Social Security Benefits

More needs to be done to vet organizations handling Social Security benefits on behalf of people with disabilities who are unable to manage their own money, government investigators say.

October 28, 2019

Judge: District Wrongly Put Student In Special Needs Program To Avoid State Testing

A judge ruled that a school district inappropriately forced a student into a specialized program for those with the lowest IQ's and advocates say there may be thousands of others just like him.

October 25, 2019
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FDA, FTC Crack Down On Unproven Autism Treatments

Federal regulators are warning a company against using unsubstantiated claims to illegally peddle a slate of supposed treatments for autism and other conditions.

October 23, 2019

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Lawmakers Propose Extra Funds To Cover High Special Ed Costs

School districts facing especially high costs to educate students with disabilities would get additional help under a new proposal in Congress.

October 22, 2019
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A Medicaid Waiver System So Confusing That Families Hire Guides

Overwhelmed by the complexity of Medicaid waivers, families are increasingly turning to consultants to help them navigate the maze of rules and regulations.

October 22, 2019

Disability Caregivers Worked 87 Hours A Week For $4 An Hour, Feds Say

A chain of residential care homes for people with disabilities paid their workers as little as $4 an hour and made them work more than 87 hours a week, according to a federal lawsuit.

October 22, 2019

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