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In First, Feds Issue National Strategy To Support Family Caregivers

Federal health officials are putting forth a national strategy to address the needs of family caregivers, acknowledging the challenges faced by millions who care for those with IDD and other issues.

September 22, 2022
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New Proposal In Congress Would Remove ‘Mentally Retarded’ From Federal Law

Years after the term "mental retardation" was stripped from many federal statutes, numerous references to "mentally retarded" remain. Now, a bipartisan group in Congress wants to change that.

September 19, 2022
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Court Victories Deliver Cautious Hope For Voters With Disabilities

More than 20 states enacted a wave of barriers to the ballot process in recent years. Protecting the rights of voters with disabilities is one area in which advocates have successfully pushed back.

September 16, 2022

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Feds Seek To Remove Medicaid Barriers For Those With Disabilities

With a plan to overhaul the enrollment process, federal officials say they are taking steps to make it easier for people with disabilities to gain Medicaid coverage and keep it.

September 6, 2022
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Thousands May Join Class Action Suit Over Special Education Delays

An estimated 15,000 families could be part of a class action lawsuit accusing one state of taking far longer than IDEA allows to resolve disputes about how their children should be educated.

August 26, 2022
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Medicaid Program Helping People Leave Institutions Headed To More States

Following years in limbo, a popular Medicaid program that helps people with disabilities move from institutions to community-based living will become more widely available.

August 25, 2022

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Feds Recommend Strategies To Expand Disability Employment

Nine federal agencies are coming together to encourage state and local governments to do more to ensure that people with disabilities can access and succeed in competitive integrated employment.

August 22, 2022
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Airlines May Be Required To Accommodate Travelers In Their Wheelchairs

Efforts are underway to allow people with disabilities to remain in their own wheelchairs while traveling by air.

August 18, 2022
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Deputy Used Stun Gun 17 Times On Teen With Autism, Lawsuit Alleges

Calling it "an egregious case of abuse," attorneys for a nonverbal teen with autism allege that he was stunned 17 times by a sheriff's deputy while walking down the road in his pajamas.

August 16, 2022

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Congress Punts On Aid For Struggling Disability Services System

An ambitious plan to shore up Medicaid home and community-based services nationwide with the largest investment ever in the program has been whittled down to nothing.

August 15, 2022

Feds To Spend $1.7B To Make Rail Stations Accessible

A massive federal program is set to make hundreds of old subway and commuter rail stations accessible to people with disabilities by retrofitting sites that predate the ADA.

August 9, 2022
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Medicaid Expanding Offerings For Kids With Severe Needs

Federal Medicaid officials are issuing new guidance aimed at making it easier for children with complex medical conditions like severe autism and cerebral palsy to access the care they need.

August 8, 2022

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