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Autism Resulted In His Rights Being Stripped Away. He Just Won Them Back

After years under guardianship, a man with autism is now able to vote, buy a house or travel when he wants and advocates hope more people with disabilities follow in his footsteps.

November 20, 2020
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Disability-Related Hate Crimes Down, FBI Says

As hate crimes rose across the U.S. to a level that hasn't been seen in over a decade, fewer of them targeted people with disabilities.

November 18, 2020

Feds Work To Ensure Rights Of Parents With Disabilities

Federal officials are pushing for changes after the parental rights of a young mother with intellectual disability were terminated.

November 17, 2020

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Families Say Mask Policy Discriminates Against Students In Special Ed

Students in one school district are not allowed on campus without a mask to prevent COVID-19 transmission, even if they have a disability or medical condition that prevents mask wearing.

November 17, 2020
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Disability Groups Worried As Supreme Court Weighs Affordable Care Act

Advocates say that people with disabilities have a lot to lose as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether or not to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

November 11, 2020
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Biden Victory Brings High Hopes For Disability Community

Joe Biden's campaign put forward a broad plan to address the needs of people with disabilities. Now advocates are optimistic as the former vice president prepares to assume the presidency.

November 10, 2020

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Seema Verma

Feds Push States To Prioritize Community-Based Services

Medicaid officials are encouraging states to accelerate efforts to "rebalance" long-term care offerings for people with disabilities to favor home- and community-based services over institutions.

November 6, 2020
U.S. Department of Education

Education Department Addresses Special Ed Concerns Related To COVID-19

With two new guidance documents, federal education officials are clarifying issues facing both young children with disabilities and those transitioning to adulthood amid the pandemic.

November 2, 2020
Students in classroom

Test Maker To Pay $16 Million For Divulging Students’ Disabilities

A major standardized test maker has agreed to pay up and alter its practices to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of illegally disclosing information about students' disabilities.

October 30, 2020

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State Reverses Decision Allowing Social Workers To Refuse Clients With Disabilities

After widespread backlash from lawmakers and advocacy groups, officials voted to restore protections for people with disabilities and others in one state's social work code of conduct.

October 29, 2020
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1 In 6 Voters Has A Disability. Why Don’t Candidates Campaign For Their Support?

People with disabilities have the potential to be an influential voting bloc, data shows. But the electoral power of these voters has long gone untapped.

October 27, 2020

State Offers Money To Special Ed Students Affected By School Shutdowns

Students with severe cognitive disabilities in one state could receive up to $1,500 each for tutoring, therapy and other support services to address coronavirus-related learning disruptions.

October 27, 2020

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