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Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit Sets Medical Malpractice Record

In what attorneys say is the largest such verdict ever in the United States, a jury awarded the family of a girl with cerebral palsy $229.6 million over the circumstances surrounding her birth.

July 12, 2019
Aerial view of neighborhood

Feds Earmark $150M For Disability Housing Assistance

Federal officials say they plan to dole out millions of dollars to help thousands of people with disabilities access housing in the community.

July 10, 2019

Autism Treatment Center Employee Accused Of Kicking Individual’s Teeth Out

An employee at an autism center is facing a charge after a fellow employee said he kicked an individual who's nonverbal and has autism in the mouth, knocking out several of his teeth.

July 9, 2019

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Sheltered workshop

Momentum Growing To End Subminimum Wage

With federal lawmakers slow to act, cities and states across the country are increasingly moving to bar employers from paying workers with disabilities less than minimum wage.

July 8, 2019

Parents Sue After ‘Screaming Bucket’ Placed On Boy With Autism

The parents of a 7-year-old with disabilities are suing after a school bus driver and aide allegedly placed a five-gallon bucket over the child's head because he has a tendency to scream.

June 28, 2019

Women Get Prison For Roles In $13M Behavior Therapy Fraud

Two former employees of an autism therapy provider are headed to federal prison for their roles in a long-running scheme where the company falsely billed government programs for supposed care.

June 27, 2019

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FEMA task force

Trump Signs Law Improving Disaster Planning For Those With Disabilities

The federal government will be required to do more to consider the needs of people with disabilities when hurricanes, fires and other disasters strike under a new law.

June 26, 2019
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

House Votes To Renew Program Helping People Leave Institutions

Following years of uncertainty, federal lawmakers are working to renew a popular Medicaid program that moves people with disabilities from institutions into the community.

June 25, 2019
Police at Costco store

Costco Shooting Is Nightmare For Families Of Those With Developmental Disabilities

The killing of a man with intellectual disability at a Costco store is leading many families to worry about taking their kids with developmental disabilities into the community, advocates say.

June 24, 2019

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Trump Administration Accused Of ‘Falling Short’ On Disability Hiring

Members of Congress are accusing the Trump administration of hiring too few workers with disabilities and disproportionately firing those with special needs employed at federal agencies.

June 21, 2019
U.S. Department of Education

Schools Underreporting Use Of Restraint And Seclusion, GAO Finds

U.S. Department of Education data on how frequently restraint and seclusion are used in the nation's schools is incomplete and inaccurate, government investigators say.

June 19, 2019

Man Killed In Costco Shooting Had Intellectual Disability, Family Says

The 32-year-old shot and killed during an incident at a Costco store that made national news was nonverbal and had an intellectual disability, according to a family member.

June 18, 2019

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