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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton reacts to being introduced by Anastasia Somoza as Clinton arrives onstage for her rally in Orlando, Fla. Somoza, who has cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia, gained acclaim when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

In Rare Move, Clinton Courts Disability Vote

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is making her pitch to people with disabilities, bringing attention to a sizable demographic that's often overlooked on the campaign trail.

September 22, 2016

Accessible Housing Units Often Few And Far Between

When those with disabilities can't find accessible housing, they can end up homeless or living in housing projects that are far away from their communities, advocates say.

September 20, 2016

Self-Advocacy Gets National Push

Efforts to promote self-advocacy among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are getting a major boost with the creation of a first-ever national resource center.

September 16, 2016

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The U.S. Department of Education is settling a dispute with South Carolina over the state's "maintenance of effort" obligations for funding special education. (Shutterstock)

Feds, State Make Nice Over Special Ed Dispute

A long-running disagreement over special education funding is coming to a close.

September 15, 2016

Complaint: Early Dismissal Shortchanging Students In Special Ed

Bit by bit students in special education are missing out on valuable learning time because they're regularly loaded onto buses before school ends, a federal civil rights complaint alleges.

September 9, 2016
New guidelines from the U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities indicate that countries have a responsibility to ensure that their educational systems are fully-inclusive. (Shutterstock)

UN Panel Calls For Inclusive Education

Being educated in an inclusive environment is a basic right for students with disabilities, according to a new set of guidelines from the United Nations.

September 7, 2016

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The U.S. Department of Justice is weighing in on a lawsuit accusing the state of Ohio of failing to provide disability services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Shutterstock)

Waiting List Placements May Violate ADA

Being on a waiting list for community-based services may be evidence enough that an individual with disabilities is at risk for institutionalization, the U.S. Department of Justice says.

August 30, 2016
Scott Rhude, who has Down syndrome, picks up trash for his workshop job last year. Rhude says he's frustrated by working for less than minimum wage but rarely gets an opportunity to explore other options. (David Joles/Star Tribune/TNS)

Subminimum Wage Changes Catch States ‘Flat-Footed’

Many unknowns remain as new federal rules establish strict limits on paying people with disabilities less than the minimum wage.

August 29, 2016

Advocates Seek Urgent Passage Of Wandering Bill

Hoping to harness momentum, disability advocates are pushing Congress to fast-track legislation designed to help kids with autism and other developmental disabilities at risk of wandering.

August 26, 2016

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In a first, the Justice Department is suing a state-run school system for segregating thousands of students with disabilities, arguing that the situation violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Shutterstock)

Feds Make Good On Vow To Sue Over Segregated Schools

In a first, the Justice Department is suing a state-run school system for segregating thousands of students with disabilities, arguing that the situation violates the ADA.

August 24, 2016

Service Providers Turn To Washington For Help

Disability providers are looking to Congress for a substantial boost in funding over the next three years as they cope with new mandates that many worry could force service cuts.

August 23, 2016
Gladys Soto, the mother of Arnaldo Rios Soto, and the family's attorney, Mathew Dietz, at left, spoke to the media last month. (Carl Juste/The Miami Herald/TNS)

After Police Shooting Near Group Home, A Familiar Failure

A month after a man with developmental disabilities wandered from his group home and found himself at the center of a police shooting, his mother is struggling to get him needed supports.

August 23, 2016

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