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Senate Urged To Pass COVID-19 Relief For Those With I/DD

As coronavirus cases across the nation rise again, advocates say federal efforts to address the unique needs of people with disabilities during the pandemic are needed as much as ever.

June 26, 2020
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Lyft Settles Disability Discrimination Claims With Justice Department

Lyft is agreeing to change its ways after being accused of denying rides to people with disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

June 24, 2020

Disability Advocates File Complaint Over Barriers To COVID-19 Testing

A number of organizations have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services alleging that many people with disabilities can't get tested for COVID-19.

June 23, 2020

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Schools Continue To Win Most Special Ed Disputes

Three years after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on the rights of students with disabilities, a new analysis suggests the ruling hasn't changed things much.

June 19, 2020

Couple Stole Up To $160,000 From Down Syndrome Group, Police Say

A couple allegedly used their leadership roles at a local Down syndrome group to steal as much as $160,000 to purchase airline tickets, gift cards, jewelry and remodel their home.

June 19, 2020

Mom Accused Of Pushing Son With ASD Into Canal Pleads Not Guilty

A mother accused of pushing her 9-year-old son with severe autism into a canal to drown has pleaded not guilty and may face the death penalty.

June 16, 2020

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U.S. Capitol

Senate Proposal Seeks Protections For Family Caregivers

Employers would be barred from discriminating against workers who care for family members with developmental disabilities or other special needs under a new federal bill.

June 15, 2020

Cop Who Killed Nonverbal Man At Costco Violated Department Policy

A police commission ruled that an officer violated department policy when he fatally shot a man with a disability while shopping at Costco last year in an incident that drew national attention.

June 12, 2020
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Trump Administration Releases Aid For Disability Service Providers

Amid questions about delays, the Trump administration is sending billions of dollars in aid to disability providers and others funded by Medicaid who have been hard hit by the pandemic.

June 11, 2020

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Hospitals Told To Allow Visitors For Individuals With Disabilities

In a move that advocates say has national implications, federal officials are clarifying that hospital no-visitor policies must have exceptions for support people for those with disabilities.

June 10, 2020
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Feds Pump Millions Into Disability Housing As Part Of Coronavirus Relief

Federal officials are funneling millions of dollars into new housing opportunities for people with disabilities across the nation.

June 9, 2020
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Trump Administration Faces Pressure To Help Disability Service Providers

Members of Congress are asking the Trump administration why federal money isn't flowing to help disability providers and others funded by Medicaid who have been walloped by the pandemic.

June 5, 2020

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