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Even With Bipartisan Support, Push To End Subminimum Wage Remains Divisive

With record low unemployment, some lawmakers say the timing is ideal for a bill that would put an end to a provision that allows people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage.

March 19, 2019

A Year Later, Still No Charges In Group Home Death

A year after a man with disabilities was murdered, the group home where he lived has closed and a watchdog has ended its investigation but police don't know when charges will be filed.

March 19, 2019

Special Ed Teacher Created Classroom ‘Fight Club,’ Police Say

A high school special education teacher is accused of encouraging students in his classroom to fight each other while refereeing the brawls himself.

March 14, 2019

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FDA

Disability Advocates Pressure FDA To Finalize Ban On Shock Devices

Months after the Food and Drug Administration pledged to ban devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities, advocates are asking what the holdup is.

March 13, 2019

Bill Would Protect SSI Benefits For Couples Who Marry

Under current rules, individuals with developmental disabilities receive less money each month in Supplemental Security Income if they marry. New legislation would change that.

March 12, 2019
Budget book

Trump Proposes Cuts To Medicaid, Other Disability Programs

With his latest budget proposal, the president is calling for significant changes to Medicaid that advocates say would have big consequences for people with disabilities.

March 12, 2019

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U.S. Department of Education

Trump Administration Ordered To Reinstate Special Ed Rule

The U.S. Department of Education can't delay implementation of a regulation aimed at preventing certain students from being wrongly placed in special education, a federal judge has ruled.

March 8, 2019
U.S. Capitol

Senators Look To Expand ABLE Program

A proposal in the U.S. Senate would dramatically increase access to a newly-established program that allows people with disabilities a way to save without jeopardizing government benefits.

March 6, 2019

Adult-Sized Changing Tables A Basic Need, Families Say

Families of those with disabilities who rely on diapers are pushing for legislation to make adult-sized changing tables more available in public places.

March 5, 2019

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With Proposal, State Considers Apartments Over Costly Group Homes

Recognizing that many people with intellectual disabilities can function well in more independent settings, one state is set to consider a proposal to support individuals in apartments.

March 5, 2019
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Renewed Push Underway To Extend Program That Helps People Leave Institutions

Lawmakers are pressing ahead with efforts to renew a federal program that helps people with disabilities move from institutions to community-based settings.

March 4, 2019
Robby Fisher

Zoning Laws May Quash Respite Home For People With Disabilities

When a fully-accessible house became available, a nonprofit disability service provider seized the opportunity to make it into a respite home, but now zoning issues could get in the way.

February 13, 2019

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