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Government Shutdown Takes Toll On People With Disabilities

People with disabilities are feeling pressure from the nation's longest-ever government shutdown, advocates say.

January 21, 2019
Betsy DeVos

Ed Department Cracking Down On Restraint, Seclusion In Schools

The U.S. Department of Education is launching a wide-ranging initiative to "address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion" among students with disabilities.

January 18, 2019

Woman Charged In Alleged $9 Million Fraud Involving Behavior Therapy

Federal authorities are seeking to recover $9 million that they say a woman stole in a scheme involving false medical bills for treating children with autism.

January 18, 2019

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Airplane

Airlines Under New Mandate To Report On Wheelchairs They Break

For the first time, airlines are now required to publicly reveal how many wheelchairs or motorized scooters they lose, mishandle or break.

January 8, 2019
School security

Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance Amid Objections From Disability Advocates

Guidance issued during the Obama administration, which was aimed at ensuring that minorities and students with disabilities weren't unfairly disciplined, is no more.

January 7, 2019
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Disability Advocates Concerned By Plan To Axe School Discipline Guidance

A Trump administration panel is recommending that federal officials rescind Obama-era guidance aimed at ensuring that minorities and students with disabilities aren't unfairly disciplined.

December 18, 2018

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FDA

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

Two years after proposing a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities, federal regulators say they intend to move forward with the plan.

December 17, 2018

Judge Grapples With How To Handle Defendant With Intellectual Disability

The case of a man with intellectual disability who is accused of tax fraud is highlighting the challenges the federal justice system faces in dealing with such defendants.

December 14, 2018
Guiding Hands School sign

Protesters Demand Closure Of School Where Teen Was Restrained, Later Died

Former students, disability advocates and parents are calling for the closure of a school where a teen with autism stopped breathing and later died after being restrained by staff.

December 12, 2018

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Student With Special Needs Dead After Being Restrained At School

A 13-year-old with autism is dead after reportedly being held face down in a prone restraint for roughly an hour at school.

December 10, 2018
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Future Uncertain As Money To Move People Out Of Institutions Runs Dry

With time and money running out, advocates are pushing for passage of a bill that would extend a federal program that moves people with disabilities from institutions to community living.

December 7, 2018
George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush

George H.W. Bush Remembered As Champion For Those With Disabilities

The former president said that signing the Americans with Disabilities Act was one of his proudest accomplishments during his time in office.

December 4, 2018

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