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Stimulus Plan Falls Short For People With Disabilities, Advocates Say

A $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan signed by President Donald Trump offers some benefits to people with disabilities, advocates say, but may also prompt unprecedented changes to IDEA.

April 1, 2020
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Trump Administration Says Disability No Reason To Deny COVID-19 Care

The Trump administration is warning states and health care providers not to discriminate against people with disabilities as coronavirus spreads.

March 30, 2020

Parents Face Trial Over Audio Recordings Daughter With Autism Made At School

The parents of a 12-year-old with autism are facing criminal charges after their daughter used a device to record teachers and staff at school to document what her parents say is abuse.

March 25, 2020

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Feds Clarify Special Ed Guidance For School Closures

Troubled that some districts were choosing not to educate students at all because of special education concerns, the U.S. Department of Education is rethinking its advice to schools.

March 24, 2020
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Coronavirus Stimulus Plan Could Weaken Protections For Students With Disabilities

Lawmakers are considering waiving portions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as schools nationwide struggle in the face of COVID-19.

March 20, 2020

New Group To Help Crime Victims With Disabilities

When people with disabilities become victims of crime, neglect or other maltreatment, investigations can easily fall short. A newly formed nonprofit is working to address the problem.

March 20, 2020

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School District Violating ADA By Barring Behavior Therapist, Suit Claims

The parents of a 9-year-old with autism say their school district is violating the ADA by preventing a behavior therapist from providing their son doctor-prescribed ABA therapy at school.

March 17, 2020
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Feds Weigh In On Special Ed, Medicaid Concerns Over Coronavirus

As coronavirus spreads across the U.S., federal officials are clarifying how schools and state Medicaid agencies should address the needs of those with disabilities.

March 13, 2020

Police Offer Stickers For Homes To Alert First Responders About Disabilities

The stickers can be placed on the outside of a home or vehicle to identify that an occupant has autism or other special needs and help avert misunderstandings in the event of an emergency.

March 13, 2020

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Lawsuit Claims Student With Special Needs Was Stripped Naked, Raped On Bus

The family of a girl with special needs is suing alleging that she was repeatedly sexually assaulted and eventually raped on her school bus after a bus monitor was removed from the route.

March 10, 2020
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FDA Bans Devices Used To Shock Those With Developmental Disabilities

Federal officials are banning devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities citing an "unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury."

March 4, 2020
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To Address DSP Shortage, Lawmakers Want Nationwide Head Count

The federal government would track the number of direct support professionals for the first time ever under a new proposal designed to help address a shortage of these workers.

March 3, 2020

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