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Judge Orders Back Pay For Sheltered Workshop Employees

In a move that could have widespread implications, a judge has ordered a sheltered workshop to pay more than $54,000 in damages and back pay after wrongly setting subminimum wages.

February 5, 2016

Girl With Down Syndrome Sues ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrity

The family of a girl with Down syndrome is seeking millions from a "Dancing with the Stars" cast member after he allegedly shared a misappropriated photo and defamed her on social media.

February 2, 2016

Meltdown Leads To Felony Charge For Teen On The Spectrum

An 18-year-old with autism is awaiting trial on a felony assault charge that his parents say criminalizes behavior that's a direct result of their son's disability.

February 1, 2016

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The U.S. Department of Justice says it now expects to issue proposed rules on accessibility for non-government websites in 2018. (Thinkstock)

Obama Administration Delaying Web Accessibility Rules

Long-anticipated federal rules detailing how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to much of the Internet are still years away.

January 27, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court is asking for the federal government's take before deciding whether to hear a special education case. (Thinkstock)

Supreme Court Seeks Input On Special Education Matter

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh in as it considers whether to take up a case brought by the family of a girl who sought to bring her service dog to school.

January 21, 2016

Motor Home At Center Of Accommodation Dispute

The parents of a woman with severe disabilities are suing after their HOA refused to allow them to park a motor home they bought to take their daughter to medical appointments.

January 20, 2016

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Justice Department Intervenes In Housing Discrimination Case

A mother and daughter – both of whom have developmental disabilities – are set to receive a five-figure payout amid claims that they were harassed and pressured to move from their apartment.

January 19, 2016
Howard County Police Department recruit Michael Scanlon, left, talks with Jane Plapinger and her 13-year-old son Dave, who has autism. The recruits attended a pool party with the Howard County Autism Society to get first-hand experience on interacting with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun/TNS)

Police Get Schooled On Special Needs Interactions

Three years after a man with Down syndrome died in a struggle with sheriff's deputies, police recruits in one state are taking part in mandatory disability training.

January 19, 2016
President Barack Obama signs a compromise $1.1 trillion spending package that funds the government through September 2016 in the Oval Office at the White House. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Feds Boost Spending On Special Ed, Disability Programs

With funding gains for special education, housing and other disability programs, advocates say the federal government's latest budget is a step in the right direction.

January 19, 2016

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Bill Would Expand Access To Community Living

At present, it's often far easier for people with disabilities to receive institutional care than community-based supports, but proposed legislation would ensure equal access to both.

January 12, 2016
A machine processes stacks of one dollar bills at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington. New tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities will be more broadly available thanks to a change to federal law. (Thinkstock)

ABLE Accounts May Be Available Sooner Than Expected

A tweak to federal law is poised to greatly expand choice and speed up availability of accounts allowing people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.

January 11, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation is fining United Airlines $2 million after noticing a "significant increase" in disability-related complaints from passengers in 2014. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Airline Fined $2 Million Over Accessibility Complaints

United Airlines is facing millions in federal fines for failing to properly accommodate travelers with disabilities on numerous occasions.

January 8, 2016

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