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Walmart Accused Of Disability Discrimination

The EEOC is alleging that the nation's largest private employer violated the ADA by firing a longtime employee with Down syndrome.

January 20, 2017

Mom Sues After Girl With Special Needs Fed Bleach

The mother of a 10-year-old with special needs is suing for negligence and "intentional infliction of emotional distress" after her daughter was tube-fed bleach at school.

January 19, 2017
Donald Trump with Betsy DeVos

Trump Education Pick Seemingly ‘Confused’ About IDEA

Under sharp questioning from senators, the nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education suggested that it should be up to states to decide whether schools must follow the IDEA.

January 18, 2017

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Justice Department Pushes Law Enforcement On ADA Compliance

Federal officials are highlighting the responsibilities of everyone from police to courts and attorneys in ensuring that people with developmental disabilities are treated fairly.

January 17, 2017

Feds Set Disability Hiring Quota

With a new hiring goal, the federal government plans to use affirmative action to grow the number of people with disabilities on its payroll.

January 13, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court May Boost FAPE Mandate

During arguments this week, the Supreme Court appeared to favor setting a higher standard for the requirement that kids with disabilities be provided a free appropriate public education.

January 12, 2017

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Trump Exploring Panel On Vaccine Safety

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has warned of a discredited link between vaccines and autism, said the president-elect asked him to lead a commission "on vaccine safety and scientific integrity."

January 11, 2017
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Wandering Poses Challenges For New Medicaid Waiver Rules

Federal officials are chiming in on how to balance independence and safety for people with disabilities who have a tendency to wander.

January 10, 2017

Schools Get Guidance On Restraint, Seclusion

Before leaving office, the Obama administration is releasing a flurry of guidance related to the rights of students with disabilities in the nation's schools.

January 6, 2017

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Attack Of Man With Disabilities Streamed Live On Facebook

Hate crime charges have been filed against four people shown in a Facebook video attacking a man with mental disabilities, cutting his scalp and punching him while yelling obscenities.

January 5, 2017

New Law Expands Access To Special Needs Trusts

Tucked inside a larger bill signed by President Barack Obama this week is a tweak to federal law that's designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to save money.

December 16, 2016

Stakes High In Special Ed Case Before Supreme Court

No matter who prevails, a case centering on the rights of students with disabilities to a free, appropriate public education is likely to have significant impact for years to come.

December 15, 2016

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