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Boy With Autism Still Missing A Year After Walking Out Of School

In May 2021, 11-year-old Ryan Larsen walked out of his elementary school in between classes. A year later, there are few signs of the boy's whereabouts.

May 24, 2022

Small Businesses Get Hit With Record Numbers Of ADA Lawsuits

Industry associations and business owners say serial plaintiffs are increasingly using the ADA to extract tens of thousands of dollars in settlements, not to promote access as the law intended.

May 24, 2022
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Amazon Hit With Discrimination Complaint Over Reasonable Accommodations

The company is facing allegations that it failed to offer reasonable accommodations to workers who are pregnant as well as those with disabilities.

May 20, 2022

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Feds Warn Employers Against Disability Discrimination

Increasingly common methods employers are using to select new hires, judge performance and determine pay or promotions may discriminate against people with disabilities, federal officials say.

May 16, 2022
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Subway Vowed To Help Worker With Autism — But Fired Him After 4 Shifts, Feds Say

Despite knowing he would need accommodations because of his autism and ADHD, Subway didn't provide the man with reasonable accommodations or give him proper training, officials say.

May 12, 2022

Ed Department To Update Disability Regulations

Federal education officials say they plan to revise regulations for one of the main laws affecting students with disabilities after leaving them largely untouched for 45 years.

May 11, 2022

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School District Agrees To Pay $2.5 Million, Make Changes After Pica Choking Death

After a student died from choking on a disposable glove in class, one school district is agreeing to implement a pica safety protocol and to be more transparent about special education staffing.

May 10, 2022
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Supreme Court Decision Weakens Disability Rights, Advocates Say

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision chips away at disability rights, advocates say, by making it harder to bring claims under some of the nation's anti-discrimination laws.

May 9, 2022
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Senators Want To Raise SSI Asset Limits

A bipartisan push is underway on Capitol Hill to update a major facet of the Supplemental Security Income program for the first time in over 30 years.

May 5, 2022

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People With Disabilities Fight US Military Disqualifications

Defense Department regulations rule out military service for those with a range of medical conditions, but some people with disabilities are pushing for a chance to serve.

May 4, 2022

Practice Traffic Stops Help Prepare Those With IDD

Drivers and passengers with developmental disabilities are getting a chance to practice what it's like to be pulled over by police during special events that are intended to tamp down anxieties.

May 3, 2022

Nonverbal First Grader Suffered Abuse At Hands Of Teachers For Months, Parents Say

A first grader who is nonverbal was abused by his teacher and aide for months, his parents say, with video showing incidents where the boy was hit in the face with an object and dragged to his desk.

May 3, 2022

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