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Fine Doubled For Restaurant Boss Who Enslaved Man With Intellectual Disability

A man who pleaded guilty to enslaving a Black man with intellectual disability at his restaurant for five years has to pay him more than $500,000, a court ruled.

May 4, 2021
President Joe Biden at podium

How Biden’s Families Plan Impacts People With Disabilities

President Joe Biden's $1.8 trillion American Families Plan would establish a federal paid leave program and boost child care and special education, but the proposal falls short on modernizing SSI.

April 30, 2021
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Parents Want Schools To Face Burden Of Proof In IEP Disputes

Since the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the burden of proof in IEP disputes falls on parents, some states have pinned the responsibility to defend their points of view on schools instead.

April 27, 2021

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Biden Urged To Back Broad Changes To SSI

Dozens of federal lawmakers are calling on the Biden administration to support increasing SSI benefits, growing the asset limit, doing away with the marriage penalty and other changes.

April 22, 2021

Biden Seeks $400 Billion To Buttress Long-Term Care. A Look At What’s At Stake.

There's widespread agreement that it's important to help people with disabilities remain independent, but it's unclear if the nation is prepared to do what's necessary to make that possible.

April 20, 2021

Missing Persons With Special Needs Pose Challenge For First Responders

Police train for all kinds of missing persons cases. But what happens when the missing person has special needs and may be unable to communicate with authorities?

April 20, 2021

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New Push Underway To Eliminate Subminimum Wage

Government investigators say that a lack of resources is one of the main reasons people with disabilities continue to work for less than minimum wage. Now, some lawmakers want to change that.

April 16, 2021

#FreeBritney Movement Prompts Lawmakers To Consider Changing Conservatorship Rules

A spotlight on Britney Spears' conservatorship has led lawmakers in one state to consider changes, but some say focusing on the pop star could overlook the needs of those with disabilities.

April 13, 2021
President Joe Biden at podium

Biden Budget Includes ‘First Step Toward Fully Funding IDEA’

President Joe Biden is calling for the federal government to make sizable investments in special ed and support other programs benefiting people with disabilities in his first budget proposal.

April 12, 2021

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Kids On Medicaid Seek Easier Access To Out-Of-State Hospitals

Many state Medicaid programs pay out-of-state providers much less than in-state facilities, often making it hard for families with medically complex children to get the care they seek.

April 9, 2021

Family Says Deputies Were Warned Of Man’s Autism Before Shooting

When police responded to a mental health crisis they were allegedly told the 25-year-old had autism. But minutes later a deputy shot the man, causing injuries that could leave him paralyzed.

April 8, 2021

Court: Service Dogs May Be Trained By Owners And Allowed Into Shops, Restaurants

Individuals with disabilities can train their own service animals to aid and accompany them into restaurants, shops and hospitals without formally certifying them, a federal appeals court ruled.

April 6, 2021

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