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Disability Services Leader Loses Its Luster

One of the first states to eliminate institutions could end up backsliding, advocates say, to a time when little or no services were provided and individuals were vulnerable to abuse.

December 6, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court

FAPE Case Draws Flurry Of Attention

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider how much educational benefit schools must provide students with disabilities, everyone from lawmakers to states and advocates are weighing in.

December 6, 2016
People watch a movie

Movie Theaters Target Of New ADA Mandate

The Obama administration is implementing a new regulation that will require the nation's movie theaters to do more to accommodate people with disabilities.

December 5, 2016

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A boy with autism

Fate Of Wandering Bill In Limbo

A last-minute twist that caught advocates by surprise is threatening to derail legislation to create new federal resources for those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

December 1, 2016

Schools Won’t Face Penalty For Serving Too Many In Special Ed

Amid allegations that thousands were kept out of special education, officials in one state are telling schools that they must provide services to all eligible students with disabilities.

November 30, 2016

Supreme Court Weighs Legal Standard For Intellectual Disability

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether a standard for intellectual disability based on a character from "Of Mice and Men" can be used to determine eligibility for the death penalty.

November 29, 2016

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U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

Education Secretary Calls For End To Corporal Punishment

Citing disproportionate use among students with disabilities, the U.S. secretary of education is calling for schools to stop relying on physical punishment to address behavior issues.

November 28, 2016
Aerial view of neighborhood

Cities Warned On Restricting Group Homes

Homes where people with disabilities live should not face requirements or conditions different from those where typically-developing individuals reside, according to new federal guidance.

November 18, 2016
The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Hate Crimes Against Those With Disabilities Decline

Despite an uptick in the number of hate crimes reported across the nation, new federal figures suggest that fewer targeted people with disabilities.

November 16, 2016

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Special Olympics Allegedly Stiffed By Sponsor

The nonprofit that runs sporting events around the world for those with intellectual disabilities is suing a company for allegedly failing to pay $270,000 in promised sponsorship fees.

November 15, 2016
Sara Ellet assists John Hudson

Feds Seek Input On Expanding Community-Based Services

Medicaid officials are looking for ways to increase access to home and community-based services for people with disabilities and they're asking the public to weigh in with ideas.

November 14, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence

Trump Win Brings Uncertainty On Disability Policy

Advocates are keeping tight-lipped in the wake of Donald Trump's surprise victory with little known about how the president-elect may shape policies vital to people with disabilities.

November 10, 2016

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