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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is asking leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee to increase funding for special education services. (Senate Democrats/Flickr)

Senator Calls For Full Funding Of IDEA

An influential U.S. senator is urging his colleagues to work toward plugging a special education funding shortfall of more than $17 billion.

May 23, 2016
An attorney representing dozens of families who have sued Disney over changes to its disability access policy says he is pressing forward despite a federal judge tossing out the first of many cases to be considered. (trvlto/Flickr)

Attorney Appeals Ruling On Disney Access

The legal fight over access to Disney theme-park rides and attractions for people with disabilities shows no signs of ending, despite Disney winning a round in a federal suit recently.

May 20, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor is giving disability providers more time to comply with a new rule expanding overtime pay amid concerns that the change could negatively impact services for people with disabilities. (Glenn Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Disability Providers Get Reprieve From New Wage Rule

Disability providers are getting extra leeway as the Obama administration moves forward with a new rule that many worried could force service cuts for people with special needs.

May 19, 2016

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ABA Coverage Mandates May Be Falling Short

Forty-four states and Washington, D.C. require health insurers to cover autism treatments. But new research suggests these efforts are failing in key ways to help people get needed therapy.

May 18, 2016
Lowe's will pay $8.6 million and hire an ADA consultant as part of a settlement agreement with the EEOC. (David T. Foster, III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Lowe’s Paying Millions To Settle Disability Discrimination Case

One of the nation's largest home improvement retailers will pay millions to settle claims that it fired thousands of workers with disabilities in violation of the ADA.

May 13, 2016

First ABLE Accounts Expected This Summer

A year and a half after legislation paved the way for people with disabilities to save without jeopardizing their government benefits, the first accounts are poised to become available.

May 10, 2016

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The U.S. Department of Justice is looking for additional public comment on potential accessibility rules for state and local government websites despite indications just months ago that the agency would be proceeding with rules on the issue. (Thinkstock)

Justice Department Postpones Web Accessibility Rules

The Obama administration is further delaying plans to address how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the Internet.

May 10, 2016

Cerebral Palsy Campaign Ad: Empowering Or Exploitive?

Disability activists are split over a U.S. Senate candidate's advertisement that prominently features her adult son who has a disability.

May 6, 2016

Uber Settlement Requires Drivers To Accommodate Service Animals

The app-based ride service Uber is settling a disability discrimination suit with an agreement to carry passengers' service animals and fire drivers who refuse.

May 3, 2016

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South Dakota is relying far too much on nursing homes to care for people with disabilities, according to the Justice Department. (Thinkstock)

Feds: Relying On Nursing Homes For Those With Disabilities Not OK

The Obama administration is threatening legal action after an investigation found a state unnecessarily relying on nursing homes to provide disability services in violation of the ADA.

May 3, 2016
A judge has dismissed claims against Disney in a lawsuit alleging that the company's disability access policies violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. It's unclear how the ruling will affect dozens of similar lawsuits that are pending. (Chris Heald/Flickr)

Judge Tosses Disability Access Suit Against Disney

In the first of dozens of similar cases, a federal judge has determined that Disney's disability access policy does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

April 29, 2016
The FDA wants to ban electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior citing an "unreasonable and substantial" risk to public health. (FDA/Flickr)

FDA Moves To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

The FDA is moving forward with plans to ban devices used to administer electric shocks to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

April 22, 2016

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