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Walmart Faulted In ADA Discrimination Case

A jury has awarded $5.2 million to a longtime Walmart employee with a developmental disability after determining that the company failed to accommodate him.

October 15, 2019

Expensive Legal Fights Ensue Over Special Education Services

The law says public schools must give students with disabilities the services that meet their individual needs, but parents and districts often disagree on what those services should be.

October 15, 2019
Social Security office

SSI, Social Security Payments To Rise In 2020

People with disabilities who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits will get more money next year.

October 11, 2019

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Jury Delivers $8B Verdict In Risperdal Case

Johnson & Johnson must pay $8 billion to a man who claimed the company failed to warn that boys using its drug Risperdal — commonly prescribed to those with autism — could grow breasts.

October 11, 2019
Organ arrives for transplant

Feds Urged To Take Action On Disability Bias In Organ Transplants

A government agency is calling on the Trump administration to clarify that individuals with developmental disabilities should not be disqualified from receiving life-saving organ transplants.

October 10, 2019

School Districts Reportedly Refusing Kids With Severe Disabilities

More than a half dozen districts have declined to serve a group of students with severe disabilities and, as a result, the kids may soon be without schooling altogether, a lawsuit claims.

October 9, 2019

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Supreme Court Allows People To Sue Over Web Accessibility

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for people with disabilities to sue retailers if their websites are not accessible.

October 8, 2019

Worried About His Care, Cops Say Woman Overdosed Grandson With Disability

A grandmother who said she only has months to live has been arrested after giving her grandson who had a disability a lethal dose of painkillers so they could go to heaven together.

October 8, 2019
Magic Kingdom

Disney Disability Access Lawsuit Headed To Trial

After a five-year court battle, a federal lawsuit demanding that people with disabilities skip to the front of the line at Disney World rides is going to trial, a judge has ruled.

October 3, 2019

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President Donald Trump

Trump Signs Autism Act

With little time to spare, President Donald Trump approved an extension of the nation's primary autism law, authorizing $1.8 billion in spending on the developmental disorder.

October 2, 2019

No Charges After Man With Intellectual Disability Killed At Costco

The parents of a man with intellectual disability who was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer during an run-in at a Costco store say they are outraged that no charges are being filed.

September 30, 2019
DSP Rally

Bill Aims To Boost Direct Support Workforce

Federal lawmakers are looking to address the nation's shortage of in-home caregivers assisting people with developmental disabilities.

September 27, 2019

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