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Amid Shortage Of DSPs, Disability Advocates Push For Nationwide Head Count

The federal government is weighing whether to start tracking the number of DSPs, a move advocates call a critical first step in easing the nation's dire shortage of workers caring for people with IDD.

July 19, 2024
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Billions Are Spent On IDD Services Annually. Where Does It All Go?

The federal government spent $80.6 billion to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 2021 alone. A new report breaks down where it went.

July 16, 2024

State Protection And Advocacy Organization Under Investigation

An organization that serves as the watchdog for how one state treats people with disabilities is under federal review after a series of complaints.

July 16, 2024

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Feds Weighing Changes To Subminimum Wage Program

Federal officials are rethinking the government program that allows people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage, with a new proposal expected soon.

July 11, 2024
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Microsoft Settles Allegations Of Disability Leave Discrimination

Microsoft will pay a $14.4-million settlement after being accused of retaliation and discrimination against workers who take parental or disability leave, or leave to take care of a family member.

July 9, 2024
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Supreme Court Ruling May Upend Disability Rights Protections, Advocates Fear

Countless federal regulations ensuring the rights of people with disabilities could face legal challenges after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 40-year-old precedent.

July 8, 2024

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Justice Department Cites States For Disability Rights Violations

A quarter century after a landmark Supreme Court decision affirming the rights of people with disabilities to live in the community, federal officials are cracking down on ADA violations in multiple states.

June 24, 2024
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FDA Ban On Shock Devices For Those With Developmental Disabilities Faces New Hurdle

With the FDA poised to again ban the use of electric shock devices on people with developmental disabilities, advocates are warning that some in Congress are quietly trying to circumvent their plans.

June 20, 2024

FBI Investigates Autism Centers, Which Have Exploded In Growth

The FBI is investigating possible Medicaid fraud in the treatment of autism in one state, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation, as program spending has surged in recent years.

June 19, 2024

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Residential Facilities Put Kids With IDD At Risk, Senate Investigators Say

In a scathing new report, U.S. Senate investigators say that residential treatment facilities serving children with developmental disabilities and other behavioral needs are a hotbed of abuse and neglect.

June 17, 2024
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New ADA Drop-Off Zones Are Coming To The Capitol, But Barriers Remain

Arriving at Capitol Hill has long been a source of stress for visitors with disabilities, but the situation may soon get easier with the addition of new drop-off and pick-up zones.

June 14, 2024
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Supreme Court Declines To Weigh In On Whether Parents Can Record IEP Meetings

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will not hear arguments in a case looking at whether parents have the right to record meetings with their child's school district about special education services.

June 12, 2024

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