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Brian Schwanwede, who has Asperger's syndrome, enjoys lunch with fellow students on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. A U.S. senator is asking the U.S. Department of Education to make it easier for students with disabilities to learn about accommodations available on college campuses. (Kevin R. Wexler/The Record/TNS)

Greater Transparency Urged For College Disability Services

Amid concerns from advocates, a U.S. senator is calling on federal education officials to make information about disability services at the nation's colleges more readily available.

November 20, 2015

Man With Prader-Willi Pleads Guilty To Food Burglaries

A 20-year-old with a rare chromosomal disorder that prompts uncontrollable hunger has accepted a plea deal after he broke into multiple homes in search of food.

November 17, 2015

Marriage Concerns Insufficient To Warrant Guardianship

A family's concerns about a 29-year-old man with Down syndrome wanting to marry are not sufficient reason to place him under guardianship, a judge has determined.

November 10, 2015

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Jury Awards $150K After Man With Down Syndrome Mocked Online

A federal jury has awarded a man with Down syndrome $150,000 after a photograph of him was doctored and misappropriated on the Internet.

November 6, 2015

Following Hiatus, Federal Autism Panel Returns

A federal autism advisory panel will reconvene next month after going dark for more than a year.

October 30, 2015
The family of a Michigan girl with cerebral palsy is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their case. (Thinkstock)

Supreme Court Asked To Weigh In On Service Dog Case

A court case pitting a girl with cerebral palsy against school officials who tried to deny her access to her service dog may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 30, 2015

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Businesses Seek Relief From Congress Over ADA Suits

Business owners are lobbying Congress to ease up on the mandates they face under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

October 22, 2015
An analysis of court decisions related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act suggests a lopsided legal picture across the country. (Thinkstock)

Handful Of States Account For Most IDEA Court Decisions

Special education disputes are far more likely to be litigated in some states than others, with a new report finding that just 10 states account for nearly two thirds of all court decisions.

October 13, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts denied a request from industry groups who wanted a new rule establishing minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers to be delayed. (Larry Downing/Reuters/TNS)

Long-Delayed Caregiver Wage Protections To Take Effect

The U.S. Supreme Court has paved the way for an Obama administration rule mandating minimum wage and overtime for in-home caregivers assisting those with disabilities to be implemented.

October 7, 2015

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The Justice Department says that school resource officers may need to modify their procedures when dealing with students with disabilities to ensure that the children’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act aren’t violated. (Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal/TNS)

Feds: School Resource Officers Must Be Mindful Of ADA

The U.S. Department of Justice is weighing in on the responsibilities of law enforcement officers stationed at schools when they interact with children who have disabilities.

October 6, 2015

Obama Administration Sues School Over Service Dog

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing an elementary school for allegedly barring a student with disabilities from bringing her service dog to class unless a handler comes too.

September 30, 2015
Defendants Vidyut Gopal, right, and his wife, Parul Agrawal, after a hearing at the Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose, Calif. The couple, who have an 11-year-old son with autism, are being sued by two families for incidents involving the boy. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Neighbors Headed To Mediation In Autism Public Nuisance Suit

The parents of a boy with autism and two couples who sued alleging the child's behavior made him a public nuisance have agreed to court-supervised mediation.

September 24, 2015

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