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In a letter to the FDA, members of the U.S. Senate are urging the agency to move "expeditiously" to finalize a rule barring electrical stimulation devices used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior. (FDA/Flickr)

FDA Urged To Ban Shock Devices Used On Those With Special Needs

A group of U.S. senators is pushing the FDA to finalize a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior.

October 20, 2016

Uber Sued Over Lack Of Accessible Rides

A lawsuit filed in federal court this week is taking Uber to task for allegedly providing just a fraction of its rides in wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

October 14, 2016

State Drops Move To Usurp Mother’s Guardianship

State officials are backing down after seeking to remove guardianship rights from a mother who is contesting the privatization of a state-run group home where her son has lived for 20 years.

October 13, 2016

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Battle Over Privatizing Group Homes Turns Ugly

When a mother attempted to block the privatization of a state-run group home where her son has lived for 20 years, state officials countered by seeking to remove her guardianship rights.

October 11, 2016
Evan Davis, a student in the SUCCESS program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, walks with his red backpack to class. Five states will get federal money for demonstration projects focused on improving post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. (Emilie Eastman/Capital News Service/TNS)

Education Department Aims To Improve Transition Outcomes

Federal officials are funneling millions of dollars toward efforts to better prepare students with disabilities for post-secondary education and competitive employment.

October 10, 2016
Disability advocacy groups are divided in response to how lawmakers have prioritized a handful of proposals to update the ABLE Act. (Thinkstock)

Proposed Changes To ABLE Act Draw Opposition

In an unusual move, dozens of disability advocacy groups say they're ready to line up against efforts in Congress to expand the ABLE Act over concerns that the changes don't go far enough.

October 6, 2016

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ABA Therapy Difficult To Access For Many Military Families

Lawmakers are speaking out after a change to reimbursement rates earlier this year left some military families struggling to get needed autism therapy for their children.

October 5, 2016

Feds Order State To Comply With Special Ed Laws

Federal officials are ordering Texas to eliminate a special education enrollment target unless the state can prove that it has not kept children with disabilities from getting services.

October 4, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case centering on what level of educational benefit public schools must provide children with disabilities under the IDEA. (Thinkstock)

Supreme Court To Weigh FAPE Mandate

For the first time in more than three decades, the U.S. Supreme Court says it will consider how much educational benefit schools must provide students with disabilities under the IDEA.

September 29, 2016

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Legislation advanced this month in both houses of Congress that would make small, but meaningful changes to how people with disabilities can save money. (Thinkstock)

Congress Eyes Changes To ABLE Act, Special Needs Trusts

A handful of bills designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to save money are advancing in Congress.

September 27, 2016
Even as a federal judge dismissed dozens of lawsuits alleging that changes to Disney's access policy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, an attorney representing families in the cases is not backing down. (trvlto/Flickr)

Disney ADA Complaints Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed 45 more lawsuits over access to Disney theme-park rides and attractions for people with disabilities, but the lawyer handling them is already appealing.

September 27, 2016

Judge Blocks Effort To Remove Kids From Nursing Homes

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit out of court filed by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging that children with disabilities were being unlawfully warehoused in nursing homes.

September 26, 2016

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