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Biden Administration Will Defend Law That Denies SSI Benefits To Some

Residents of Puerto Rico and other territories are excluded from SSI and President Joe Biden says the Justice Department will defend a law keeping it that way even though he wants it changed.

June 11, 2021
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State Will Pay $100K, Modify Disability Services Under Agreement With Feds

After state restrictions left a man with intellectual disabilities at serious risk of having to move to a congregate setting in order to access the services he needs, federal officials stepped in.

June 8, 2021

Training For Capitol Hill Staffers Key To Shifting Attitudes On Accessibility

Many staffers are heading back to Capitol Hill and visitors aren't far behind, but the return is prompting questions about gaps in physical and digital accessibility in Congress.

June 8, 2021

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Justice Department Cracks Down On Shortened School Days

Students with disabilities in one district will no longer be restricted to shortened school days under an agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice.

June 4, 2021
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Biden’s Budget Includes Boost To Special Ed, Disability Services

With his $6 trillion budget, President Joe Biden is cementing his resolve to significantly expand the nation's investment in home and community-based services for people with disabilities.

June 2, 2021
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Congress Urged To Increase Spending On Autism

Dozens of members of Congress are calling for the federal government to ramp up its investment in autism-related activities by spending an additional $150 million on the developmental disorder.

May 25, 2021

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Parents Oppose Ban On Restraint, Seclusion

A proposal in one state to prohibit schools from using restraint and seclusion on students with disabilities is under fire from an unlikely group — some of the students' parents.

May 20, 2021

Lawmakers Push Police Reforms Aimed At Dealing With Those With Disabilities

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is backing legislation aimed at reducing the chance that police encounters with those with disabilities or mental health issues will end tragically.

May 18, 2021
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Biden Administration Gives States Flexibility To Expand Disability Services

States are being given wide latitude to spend an extra $12.67 billion for Medicaid home and community-based services on everything from getting people off waiting lists to raising pay for DSPs.

May 17, 2021

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Biden $400 Billion Care Plan Would Have A Caveat: States Opt In

Early proposals from Congress on President Joe Biden's ambitious $400 billion plan to improve in-home care for people with disabilities and others suggest states could have a lot of leeway.

May 11, 2021
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Stimulus Funds Earmarked For Disability Services Remain In Limbo

Nearly two months after federal lawmakers approved billions in extra spending on disability services, advocates say the money is going unspent because states don't know how it can be used.

May 7, 2021

Fine Doubled For Restaurant Boss Who Enslaved Man With Intellectual Disability

A man who pleaded guilty to enslaving a Black man with intellectual disability at his restaurant for five years has to pay him more than $500,000, a court ruled.

May 4, 2021

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