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House Lawmakers Approve Changes To Americans With Disabilities Act

Amid vocal protests, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve sweeping changes to the ADA that critics say will weaken protections for people with disabilities.

February 15, 2018

School District Ordered To Reimburse Family For Private Placement

A school district must pay private school and legal costs for the family at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that established a new precedent for special education law, a court ruled.

February 13, 2018
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Congress Weighs Changes To ADA

Disability advocacy groups are rallying to fight against legislation they say would undermine longstanding accessibility protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

February 12, 2018

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Feds Disclose Schools Under Investigation For Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Education is making it easier to find out when a school is under investigation for violating the civil rights of students with disabilities.

February 8, 2018
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Court Rules Against Teen With Cerebral Palsy

A federal appeals court has ruled against a teen with cerebral palsy — one of the country's top young Paralympic runners — who sought the opportunity to compete at his state track meet.

February 7, 2018

Handcuffs And A Psych Exam For A 7-Year-Old?

Advocates say schools in one state are sending kids with disabilities for psychiatric exams in handcuffs, leaving children traumatized and parents afraid to send their kids back to school.

February 6, 2018

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How Voters With Disabilities Are Blocked From the Ballot Box

In light of security concerns, states moved to paper ballots. Now voters with disabilities are losing access.

February 5, 2018

Pressure From Feds May Have Led To Special Ed Enrollment Cap

Texas created a policy in 2004 that led school districts to deny special ed services to thousands of students. Some educators and officials say that cap started with the federal government.

February 1, 2018

Medicaid Transportation At Risk In Some States

For more than 50 years, Medicaid has been required to ferry certain clients — including those with severe disabilities — to and from medical appointments. But that's starting to change.

January 30, 2018

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Trump Signs Family Caregivers Act

A new law will require the federal government to develop a national strategy to address the needs of family caregivers, including those supporting people with developmental disabilities.

January 25, 2018

State To Boost Resources, Oversight In Effort To Bolster Special Ed

After a scathing review from the U.S. Department of Education, Texas will hire more special education staff and provide services to students who were illegally denied resources in the past.

January 19, 2018
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Ideas Sought On Improving Transition Outcomes

Federal officials are looking for ideas to help improve outcomes for young people with disabilities as they enter adulthood.

January 16, 2018

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