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Feds Clarify New Rule For Special Needs Trusts

Special needs trusts have a new level of flexibility and federal officials are working to ensure that state Medicaid directors understand the implications.

August 23, 2017
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Disability Suits Fuel Rise In Civil Rights Claims Against Schools

Civil rights lawsuits against schools are on track to double compared to four years ago thanks in large part to disability-related claims, according to a new review of federal court filings.

August 22, 2017

Feds Take Aim At Inaccessible Housing

Millions in federal housing dollars went toward projects that skirted accessibility requirements, with sinks, doorways and other features that weren't disability-friendly, prosecutors say.

August 4, 2017

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Schools Accused Of Denying Special Education Services

The nation's largest school district is being accused of failing to provide speech therapy, occupational therapy and other legally-mandated services to students with disabilities.

August 2, 2017

Federal Panel Wants Autism Funding Doubled

A federal autism committee is calling for a twofold increase in funds dedicated to researching the developmental disorder by 2020.

August 1, 2017

Talk Of Medicaid Changes Prompts Special Ed Worries

Amid the national noise about potential cuts to Medicaid, some school administrators are trying to bring attention to one arguably lesser-known group that would be affected: their students.

August 1, 2017

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Disability Advocates Relieved By Failure Of Health Bill

Advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a pared down health care repeal was rejected by the U.S. Senate, but they say that threats to disability services remain.

July 28, 2017

Complaint Alleges Widespread Bullying Of Students In Special Ed

A school district in one of the nation's largest cities is being accused of downplaying or ignoring pervasive bullying of students in special education.

July 28, 2017

Families Allowed To Join Fight Over Community-Based Supports

Families who want their loved ones to remain in institutions now have a voice in a court battle between the state of Ohio and a legal advocacy group for people with disabilities.

July 28, 2017

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Dozens With Disabilities Arrested On Capitol Hill

After the U.S. Senate narrowly voted to begin debate on a health care bill that includes sweeping changes to Medicaid, several dozen protesters with disabilities were arrested.

July 26, 2017

Analysis Finds Voter Turnout Low Among Those With Special Needs

Despite increased talk of disability issues during last year's presidential campaign, new research suggests that voter turnout still lagged among this population.

July 21, 2017
Republican senators outside White House

Prospect Of Cuts To Disability Services Looms Large

With a vote anticipated on a Republican health care plan that would fundamentally transform Medicaid, disability advocates say the threat to disability services remains very real.

July 21, 2017

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