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Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Trump Extends Program Helping People Leave Institutions

For the third time this year, extra funding will keep alive a program that moves individuals with disabilities from institutions into the community while lawmakers consider a longer-term plan.

August 20, 2019
Naturalization ceremony

Disability Advocates Decry ‘Public Charge’ Rule Limiting Aid For Immigrants

Immigrants with disabilities could face more difficulty becoming U.S. citizens or permanent residents under new rules from the Trump administration.

August 20, 2019

A Boy With Special Needs Started A House Fire. It May Cost His Parents $200K.

A 13-year-old with special needs started a fire that damaged two homes. Now his neighbor's insurance company wants the boy's parents to pay, claiming the couple didn't do enough to prevent it.

August 15, 2019

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Delta plane at gate

Feds Detail Limits On Flying With Service Animals

Following numerous high-profile incidents, federal regulators are clarifying the rules for animals assisting people with disabilities on airplanes.

August 13, 2019
A boy with autism

Justice Department Faces Scrutiny Over Autism Wandering Program

The U.S. Department of Justice is on the hot seat amid attempts to allocate funding intended to address the needs of kids with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander.

July 30, 2019

Disability Rights Advocate Launches Campaign For Congress

The former president and CEO of the National Down Syndrome Society is hoping to win a U.S. House seat from Kansas.

July 30, 2019

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Korrie Johnson

Push To Expand Access To Community Living Hits Roadblock

Despite strong bipartisan support, federal legislation that would entitle people with disabilities access to community-based services and outlaw waiting lists appears to be stalled.

July 29, 2019
U.S. Capitol

House Passes Autism Act

Federal legislation allocating over $1.8 billion in government spending on autism efforts is one step closer to being approved.

July 25, 2019
U.S. Department of Education

Trump Administration Cautioned Against Changing IDEA Policy

Disability advocates and former federal special education officials are warning of possible Trump administration moves to alter policy related to a central tenet of IDEA.

July 22, 2019

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U.S. Capitol

House Votes To End Subminimum Wage

For the first time, federal lawmakers have approved legislation that would end a practice allowing employers to pay people with disabilities less than minimum wage.

July 19, 2019
Polling place

Surge In Voters With Disabilities May Influence 2020 Election

Significantly more people with disabilities cast ballots last year, according to a new report suggesting that this demographic is poised to have a big impact in the 2020 presidential race.

July 16, 2019

Feds Warn Against Changing ‘Handicapped’ Signs

Efforts to adopt more "dynamic" accessibility signs have come to a screeching halt in one state after the Federal Highway Administration said such a change could mean losing out on funding.

July 16, 2019

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