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U.S. Department of Education

Trump Administration ‘Rethinking’ Special Ed

The nation's top special education official is setting a new agenda for the U.S. Department of Education as it works to address the needs of students with disabilities.

September 21, 2018
Jeff Sessions

Justice Department Urged To Address Web Accessibility

Citing growing litigation, a group of senators is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to weigh in on how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies online.

September 19, 2018
U.S. Capitol

Plan To Renew Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions Advances

Lawmakers are pushing forward with plans to renew a federal program that helps people with disabilities move from institutions to community living.

September 17, 2018

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Families Of Kids With Special Needs Say Military Is Failing Them

Eight years after legal requirements were set in motion to "enhance and improve" support for those with special needs, families say the military has failed to follow through.

September 11, 2018
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Congress Weighs Reauthorizing Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

Following an initial vote in Congress, advocates are hopeful that a federal program aimed at helping people with disabilities move from institutions to community living will be renewed.

September 10, 2018

School Bus For Child With Disability Poses Safety ‘Threat,’ HOA Says

A homeowners board that's being sued for blocking door-to-door school bus service for a girl with disabilities is arguing that the bus is a "direct threat to the safety" of other residents.

September 7, 2018

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President Donald Trump

Trump Draws Backlash For Reportedly Using ‘R-Word’

Disability advocates are none too pleased amid reports that President Donald Trump called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "mentally retarded."

September 5, 2018
Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Disability Groups Line Up Against Trump Supreme Court Pick

As confirmation hearings get underway for President Donald Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, the nominee is facing unprecedented opposition from disability advocacy groups.

September 4, 2018
School bus

Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Mainstreaming

A court with jurisdiction over multiple states found school officials violated the rights of a student with Down syndrome by assigning him to spend half his days in a segregated classroom.

August 29, 2018

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Students in classroom

Test-Maker Sued Over Divulging Students’ Disabilities

A major standardized test-maker is being accused of illegally disclosing students' disabilities.

August 27, 2018

Emotional-Support Ducks Likely To Remain With Boy With ASD

Officials are working out a plan to allow a 12-year-old with autism to keep two ducks that his therapist says help him after a dispute with neighbors over the animals made headlines.

August 24, 2018

Facebook Makes Changes Following Disability-Related Discrimination Complaint

Just days after facing allegations of allowing advertisers to discriminate against people with disabilities and other groups, Facebook says it is taking steps to prevent such activity.

August 24, 2018

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