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New Push Underway To Eliminate Subminimum Wage

Government investigators say that a lack of resources is one of the main reasons people with disabilities continue to work for less than minimum wage. Now, some lawmakers want to change that.

April 16, 2021

#FreeBritney Movement Prompts Lawmakers To Consider Changing Conservatorship Rules

A spotlight on Britney Spears' conservatorship has led lawmakers in one state to consider changes, but some say focusing on the pop star could overlook the needs of those with disabilities.

April 13, 2021
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Biden Budget Includes ‘First Step Toward Fully Funding IDEA’

President Joe Biden is calling for the federal government to make sizable investments in special ed and support other programs benefiting people with disabilities in his first budget proposal.

April 12, 2021

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Kids On Medicaid Seek Easier Access To Out-Of-State Hospitals

Many state Medicaid programs pay out-of-state providers much less than in-state facilities, often making it hard for families with medically complex children to get the care they seek.

April 9, 2021

Family Says Deputies Were Warned Of Man’s Autism Before Shooting

When police responded to a mental health crisis they were allegedly told the 25-year-old had autism. But minutes later a deputy shot the man, causing injuries that could leave him paralyzed.

April 8, 2021

Court: Service Dogs May Be Trained By Owners And Allowed Into Shops, Restaurants

Individuals with disabilities can train their own service animals to aid and accompany them into restaurants, shops and hospitals without formally certifying them, a federal appeals court ruled.

April 6, 2021

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Biden Calls For Major Boost To Disability Services

Alongside funding for bridges and roads, President Joe Biden's wide-ranging $2 trillion infrastructure plan includes a massive investment in home- and community-based services.

April 5, 2021
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Delayed Stimulus Payments May Come Soon For Social Security, SSI Beneficiaries

Stimulus checks for people with disabilities who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits could start flowing after the payments were held up.

March 30, 2021

Family To Get $2 Million After Teen With Special Needs Choked To Death At School

His IEP required that he have a dedicated aide, but no one was watching when Kedar Williams choked on a chicken nugget. Now, his memory may help save the lives of others with disabilities.

March 29, 2021

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Ed Department Urged To Direct More COVID-19 Relief Funds To Students With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education is being asked to tell schools to direct funding toward students with disabilities who have missed out on services they were entitled to during the pandemic.

March 26, 2021
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Woman With Developmental Disability Among Victims In Boulder Shooting

Teri Leiker, 51, a longtime employee at the grocery store where the mass shooting occurred, was a member of the intellectual and developmental disabilities community.

March 25, 2021
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Calls Grow For April To Be Designated ‘Autism Acceptance Month’

April has long been known as "Autism Awareness Month," but advocates are pushing this time around for a federal designation of the month focused on acceptance instead.

March 23, 2021

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