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Special Ed Enrollment Surges In Texas

Texas enrolled its largest number of students in special education last year, the same year the state officially got rid of an arbitrary cap on how many kids could receive such services.

November 14, 2017
McDonald's

McDonald’s, Kmart, Others Settle ADA Suits

McDonald's, Kmart, Grubhub and home supply company Empire Today have all settled cases that alleged their websites and smartphone apps weren't properly accessible.

November 8, 2017
A boy with autism stands in the field he wandered into

Congress May Revisit Autism Tracking Devices

Less than a year after fizzling, federal legislation designed to provide tracking devices and resources to those with developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is back on the table.

November 7, 2017

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Girl With Cerebral Palsy Released From Federal Custody

A 10-year-old undocumented immigrant with cerebral palsy who was detained by immigration officials after undergoing surgery has been released, but her future remains uncertain.

November 6, 2017

As Medicaid Managed Care Proliferates, So Do Complaints

Thirty-eight states have radically changed the way they run their Medicaid programs, but questions remain about whether people with disabilities are receiving adequate care as a result.

November 6, 2017

Teacher Accused Of Taping Shut Mouth Of Student With Special Needs

A seven-figure lawsuit filed in federal court alleges that a teacher taped shut the mouth of a student with cerebral palsy because she was "making noises" consistent with her disability.

November 3, 2017

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Polling place

Most Polling Places Inaccessible During 2016 Election, Report Finds

Less than 20 percent of polling places were fully accessible during the 2016 election, according to a new government report that urges the Justice Department to step in.

November 2, 2017

ACLU Files Suit Over Detainment Of Girl With Cerebral Palsy

The civil rights organization argues the 10-year-old, who lacks legal immigration status, was detained in violation of her statutory and constitutional rights.

November 1, 2017

ACLU To Feds: Release 10-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Or We’ll Sue

The ACLU is threatening to sue Customs and Border Protection and the Office of Refugee Resettlement if they do not release an undocumented girl with cerebral palsy from a detention center.

October 31, 2017

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Girl With Cerebral Palsy Faces Deportation Following Surgery

A 10-year-old with cerebral palsy who lacks legal immigration status was placed in removal proceedings immediately after being discharged from a hospital following gallbladder surgery.

October 27, 2017
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

DeVos Weighs Changes To Special Ed Rule

The Education Department is reportedly considering delaying or wiping out a rule designed to ensure that children from certain backgrounds aren't unnecessarily placed in special education.

October 26, 2017

Should A Disability Affect Who Gets Organ Transplants?

At least six states have laws aimed at making sure people cannot be kept off organ-transplant waiting lists solely because of their disability and more legislatures may soon follow suit.

October 25, 2017

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