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Disability rights advocate Anastasia Somoza who has cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia waves to delegates after speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday. The issue of pay for workers with disabilities is receiving attention in both the Democratic and Republican Party platforms. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Democrats, Republicans Urge End To Subminimum Wage

With all eyes on the race for the White House, both political parties are calling for big change to rules on employing people with disabilities.

July 28, 2016
A high school student with ADHD takes a quiz in the teachers’ lounge so that she can avoid distraction. The U.S. Department of Education is reminding schools of their obligation to identify and accommodate students with the condition. (Juli Leonard/The News & Observer/TNS)

Schools Reminded Not To Discriminate Against Kids With ADHD

After years of complaints from parents who say their kids have been denied services, federal officials are looking to prevent discrimination against a growing number of students with ADHD.

July 27, 2016

Police Shooting Traumatized Son With Autism, Mom Says

The mother of a man with autism whose caretaker was shot by police near his group home says her son is traumatized from the incident and has landed in a hospital psychiatric wing.

July 25, 2016

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Bullet That Struck Caretaker Was Meant For Man With Autism

A man with autism who wandered away from his group home was the intended target of an officer who instead shot the behavior assistant trying to help him, the head of the police union said.

July 22, 2016

Caretaker Helping Man With Autism Shot By Police

When a 23-year-old with autism wandered into the street, a behavior assistant went to retrieve him only to be shot by police responding to the situation.

July 21, 2016
A federal program to address wandering among individuals with Alzheimer's disease would be expanded to include those with autism and other developmental disabilities under a bill approved by the U.S. Senate. (Jim Killock/Flickr)

Wandering Bill Gains Senate Approval

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved legislation to provide tracking devices and other resources to help kids with autism and developmental disabilities at risk of wandering.

July 15, 2016

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A home care worker helps her client get ready for work. Under a recently implemented rule from the U.S. Department of Labor, most caregivers must be paid at least minimum wage and qualify for overtime pay. (Glenn Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Caregiver Wage Rule Here To Stay

With a final court challenge rejected, implementation of an Obama administration rule mandating pay protections for in-home caregivers assisting those with disabilities is proceeding.

July 14, 2016
Ehlena Fry and her goldendoodle, Wonder, photographed in 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether Fry's family can seek damages from a school district that balked at the service dog's presence in the classroom. (Michigan ACLU)

Service Dog Case Headed To Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case of a 12-year-old with cerebral palsy whose family sued after school officials tried to bar the girl from bringing her service dog to class.

July 11, 2016

Federal Panel Seeks Input On Autism

A federal autism advisory panel is looking for public feedback as it prepares to update the government's priorities for addressing the developmental disorder for the first time in years.

June 21, 2016

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Supreme Court Considers Whether To Address FAPE

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh in on a case questioning how much educational benefit schools must provide in order to satisfy the requirements of IDEA.

June 14, 2016

TV Ad Targets Trump For Mocking Disability

A television advertisement featuring a couple talking about raising their toddler with a disability is hitting the airwaves in battleground states as the presidential race heats up.

June 7, 2016
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said earlier this year that she supports ending subminimum wage, a position that puts her at the center of a hotly-debated issue among people with disabilities and their families. (Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Clinton Plan To End Subminimum Wage Stirs Debate

Hillary Clinton's call to raise the minimum wage for Americans with disabilities has families fiercely debating whether the real benefit of jobs is pay or an intangible sense of self-worth.

June 6, 2016

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