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New Restrictions Proposed For Service Animals On Planes

Federal regulators are seeking to place new limits on service animals in flight in an effort to ensure that such animals really are providing assistance to people with disabilities.

January 23, 2020

Trump Administration Throws Support Behind Down Syndrome Abortion Ban

The Justice Department is backing a state ban on abortions of those with a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis, arguing the law would prevent disability discrimination.

January 23, 2020
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Amtrak Tells Wheelchair Users To Pay $25,000

Amtrak is under fire for reportedly telling a group of people with disabilities that it would cost $25,000 for them to travel by train on a route that typically costs just $16 per person.

January 21, 2020

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Judge Slashes Verdict In Risperdal Case

A judge chopped an $8 billion award to a man who claimed the maker of Risperdal failed to warn that boys using the drug — commonly prescribed to those with autism — could grow breasts.

January 21, 2020
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FDA Misses Deadline To Ban Devices Used To Shock Those With Special Needs

The Food and Drug Administration missed its own deadline to finalize a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

January 20, 2020
U.S. Department of Education

Ed Department Urged To Ban Seclusion In Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos should ban seclusion and prohibit certain restraint techniques in the nation's schools, a dozen lawmakers say.

January 17, 2020

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Proposed Social Security Changes Could Cut Off Beneficiaries With Disabilities

A proposed change to federal disability assistance would result in millions more case reviews, likely cutting off many recipients with disabilities if the changes are enacted.

January 16, 2020
U.S. Capitol

Congress Hands Special Ed Hefty Funding Boost

Federal funding for special education will rise the most it has in years under a newly approved government spending plan.

January 9, 2020
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Trump Signs 5-Month Extension Of Program Helping People Leave Institutions

For the fourth time in a year, lawmakers acted to keep alive a program that moves people with disabilities from institutions into the community, but its long-term fate remains in jeopardy.

January 6, 2020

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Transportation Department Looks To Increase Airline Accessibility

Airlines would be required to improve accessibility for travelers with disabilities on more of their planes under a new federal proposal.

December 17, 2019

State-Run Institution Under Investigation For Possible ‘Human Subject Experiments’

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating allegations of "sexual arousal studies" and other experiments at a state institution for people with severe intellectual disabilities.

December 17, 2019

Congress Weighs Renewal Of Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

After years in limbo, advocates say a deal is in the works to permanently renew a popular federal program that moves people with disabilities from institutions to the community.

December 12, 2019

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