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U.S. Department of Education

Ed Department Says States Must Comply With Special Education Rule

The U.S. Department of Education is telling states to follow a new special education regulation just weeks after saying it will continue fighting the rule in court.

May 22, 2019

80 Arrested In Nation’s Capital At Disability Rights Protest

Dozens of disability rights activists — including some in wheelchairs — were arrested near Capitol Hill while pressing for more access to community-based services.

May 21, 2019

State To Pay $8M After Pleas To Help Man With Special Needs Went Unanswered

When Vernon Gray's mom died, there was no plan for how he should be cared for and the man with a developmental disability ended up homeless. Now, he's getting an $8 million settlement.

May 21, 2019

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ABLE Accounts Shouldn’t Impede Access To Housing, Feds Say

Federal officials are weighing in on how money saved in a relatively new type of savings account for people with disabilities influences access to housing assistance.

May 20, 2019
President Donald Trump

After Proposing Cut, Trump Now Seeks Funding For Special Olympics

President Donald Trump is attempting to make good on his promise to continue providing federal funding for Special Olympics.

May 15, 2019

Flaws Exposed In State’s Care Of Those Without Guardians

One man's tumor offers a cautionary tale for any family that lacks legal guardianship of a loved one who, because of a developmental disability, cannot make medical decisions.

May 14, 2019

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U.S. Department of Education

Trump Administration To Appeal Special Ed Ruling

The U.S. Department of Education is fighting to delay a special education regulation two months after a federal judge found that the agency's efforts to do so were illegal.

May 10, 2019
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Are Managed Care Providers Wrongly Denying Services To People With Disabilities?

As more states turn to managed care to administer Medicaid, federal investigators are set to examine whether these companies are offering people with disabilities the care they're entitled.

May 6, 2019
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Trump Approves Extension Of Program Helping People Leave Institutions

New funding will ensure that a program that moves people with disabilities from institutions to the community can stick around while advocates push for a longer-term solution.

April 23, 2019

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New School Opens At Site Where Boy Was Restrained And Later Died

Just months after a teen with autism was restrained and later died, a new school has opened on the campus where the incident occurred and it features many of the same students and staff.

April 23, 2019
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Effort Underway To Expand Access To Respite Care

Lawmakers are looking to dramatically increase federal funding to support respite care for families of those with disabilities and other special needs.

April 22, 2019
School classroom

Feds Eye Reauthorization Of IDEA

The U.S. Department of Education is laying the groundwork for a reauthorization of the nation's primary special education law.

April 19, 2019

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