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On ADA Anniversary, Biden Recommits To Disability Rights

President Joe Biden used a White House ceremony marking the anniversary of the ADA to push his plans to spend billions on home and community-based services and end subminimum wage.

July 27, 2021

Advocates Reflect On FDA Overturning Ban On Electric Shock Devices

Disability advocates have been fighting the use electric shock devices for decades. In 2020, they got a win when the FDA banned the devices, but earlier this month that ban was overturned.

July 27, 2021
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Disability Advocates Warn $400 Billion Community-Based Services Plan Could Get Chopped

An ambitious Biden administration plan to invest $400 billion to transform home and community-based services and get people with disabilities off waiting lists is in jeopardy, advocates say.

July 23, 2021

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Britney Spears Case Spurs Bipartisan Bill Against Conservatorship Abuse

The proposed bill would impose new safeguards and allow conservatees to have their private guardian replaced with an independent public guardian without having to prove misconduct or abuse.

July 22, 2021

Family Suing After Maskless Student With Disability Barred From School

The high schooler has a speech-related disability that makes it hard for him to pronounce certain sounds and letters — and also means he cannot wear a mask safely, according to a lawsuit.

July 20, 2021
Walmart

Jury Awards $125 Million To Former Walmart Employee With Down Syndrome

Walmart has been ordered to pay a former employee with Down syndrome over $125 million after a jury found that the retailer failed to provide her with appropriate disability accommodations.

July 19, 2021

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Senators Eye Greater Scrutiny Of Guardianships

Inspired by the case of Britney Spears, a pair of senators want the government to increase oversight and produce more information about guardianships and conservatorships across the country.

July 16, 2021
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Investigation Finds ‘No Evidence’ Of Discrimination Against Students In Special Ed

A federal investigation into one state's education department over concerns that students with disabilities were being denied equal access during the COVID-19 pandemic has been dismissed.

July 16, 2021
A man with Down syndrome picks up trash

More States Move To Phase Out Subminimum Wage

At least eight states have acted to prohibit subminimum wage employment in the hope of integrating more people with disabilities into the general workforce.

July 14, 2021

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Ed Department To Release Extra IDEA Funds, New Guidance

Schools across the country are set to receive billions of dollars — and some new guidance — to help meet the needs of students with disabilities amid the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 13, 2021

OSHA Cites Group Homes For COVID-19 Worker Deaths

A group home operator failed to protect its employees from exposure to COVID-19, federal regulators found after investigating the deaths of two workers following outbreaks at its facilities.

July 13, 2021
FDA

Court Throws Out FDA Ban On Shock Devices For Those With Developmental Disabilities

A federal appeals court has overturned an FDA ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with disabilities, allowing the devices to continue to be used to address behaviors.

July 12, 2021

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