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Congress May Halve Biden’s $400 Billion Plan To Boost Disability Services

President Joe Biden proposed a massive $400 billion investment in Medicaid home and community-based services earlier this year, but now Congress is considering less than half that amount.

September 17, 2021

Clinic’s Prescription for Healthier Patients? Lawyers

The Medicaid-funded program operates on the notion that fixing patients' legal ills is a vital part of their medical care.

September 17, 2021
McDonald's

EEOC Suit: McDonald’s Worker Fired Because Of His Autism

The EEOC is accusing the operator of numerous McDonald's locations of disability discrimination over the firing of an employee with autism after 37 years on the job.

September 14, 2021

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Parents Say State Wants To Move Adults With Severe Disabilities To ‘Prison-Like’ Facility

The parents of adults with conditions such as autism say they are being forced to choose between sending their child to a fenced-in institutional facility, or lose funding for their care.

September 14, 2021

Ed Department Expands Investigations Of Mask Policies And Disability Rights

Not long after opening investigations into whether bans on mask mandates in five states violate the civil rights of students with disabilities, the Education Department is initiating another.

September 14, 2021
President Joe Biden at podium

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Could Impact Services For Those With IDD

A sweeping new Biden administration plan to require many workers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations may have implications for individuals with disabilities and the people who support them.

September 13, 2021

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Walking across street

Disability Service Providers Shuttering In Many States

Half of states are reporting that Medicaid home and community-based services providers have closed since the start of the pandemic, with many seeing multiple types of services shut their doors.

September 10, 2021
The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

FBI Sees Drop In Disability-Related Hate Crimes

While the number of reported hate crimes rose significantly, those targeting people with disabilities are on the decline, according to new data from the FBI.

September 8, 2021
Miguel Cardona speaking

Ed Department: Mask Mandate Bans May Violate Rights Of Students With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education is opening investigations into five states where officials say limits on school mask mandates may be in violation of federal disability laws.

August 31, 2021

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Schools Settle With Justice Department Over Discipline Of Students With Autism

Federal investigators found that officials in one district made parents pick up their kids, disciplined students for disability-related behavior and called law enforcement to remove students.

August 24, 2021
U.S. Capitol

Hopes Run High For SSI Overhaul

As federal lawmakers put together a $3.5 trillion budget bill, there are expectations that it could bring major changes to the Supplemental Security Income program for the first time in decades.

August 20, 2021

EPA Bans All Food Uses For Pesticide Linked To Developmental Issues

The EPA will stop farmers from using a pesticide on strawberries, apples, broccoli and all other foods that's been linked to neurodevelopmental disorders in children.

August 20, 2021

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