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Lawmakers Propose Wider Access To Community-Based Services

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing new federal legislation that would ensure people with disabilities have access to community-based services.

May 19, 2017

Boy With Cerebral Palsy Allegedly Fed Bleach At School

In the second such case to hit a school for children with disabilities, the mother of a boy with cerebral palsy is suing alleging that his feeding tube was cleaned with bleach.

May 19, 2017
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Self-Advocates Arrested At White House

Dozens of disability rights activists have been arrested outside the White House while calling for President Donald Trump to support community-based living.

May 16, 2017

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HOA To Pay $300K For Disability Discrimination

A homeowners association has agreed to pay up after barring the parents of a woman with severe disabilities from parking a motor home that they bought to transport their daughter.

May 15, 2017

Lawmakers Vote To End Special Ed Cap

Texas lawmakers have sent the governor a bill formally rejecting the state's decade-old practice of limiting how many students with disabilities could receive special education services.

May 12, 2017
Kevin Ginsburg, 39, who lives in a group home in Pittsburgh, walks to dinner with his mother, Barb.

New Medicaid Waiver Rule Delayed

The Trump administration is giving states more wiggle room in the rollout of a rule that establishes a new standard for what counts as home and community-based services.

May 11, 2017

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Battle Brews Over Observing Self-Contained Class

Federal education officials are investigating after a school district denied a mother's request to observe her son's self-contained classroom.

May 10, 2017

Feds Urged To Improve Transition Services

Congress' investigative arm is calling on federal officials to consider earlier transition planning and to take other steps to meet the needs of youth with autism entering adulthood.

May 9, 2017
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House Passes Health Care Bill Alarming Disability Advocates

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a health care overhaul bill that advocates say would have devastating consequences for people with disabilities.

May 4, 2017

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Special Education To Get Boost Under Budget Deal

Special education is set to see a rise in federal funding under a bipartisan agreement to avert a government shutdown.

May 2, 2017

Despite Proposed FDA Ban, Shock Devices Remain

A year after the FDA proposed a ban on devices used to administer electric shocks to those with disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior, the rule has yet to be finalized.

April 28, 2017

Teacher Accused Of Biting Student With Special Needs

An elementary school teacher has been arrested after police say she bit a 4-year-old boy with autism because he wasn't following instructions.

April 25, 2017

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