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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

DeVos Defends Move To Delay Special Ed Rule

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is sticking by her agency's plan to pause an Obama-era rule designed to make sure kids from certain backgrounds aren't wrongly placed in special ed.

March 21, 2018

Family Sues After Boy Scouts Strip Badges From Son With Down Syndrome

A Utah man is suing the Boy Scouts of America after the organization voided every merit badge his son — who has Down syndrome — earned, blocking the teen's path to becoming an Eagle Scout.

March 20, 2018

Race Is On To Renew Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

Disability advocates are scrambling to get funding renewed for a federal program that's helped thousands with developmental disabilities leave institutions but is now on the brink of collapse.

March 20, 2018

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Concerns Raised As Disability Panels Fail To Meet Under Trump

Lawmakers are urging the Trump administration to convene multiple committees tasked with advising the federal government on disability issues that appear to have been put on hiatus.

March 15, 2018

Disability Activists Urge FDA To Ban Shock Devices

Dozens of people with disabilities have been camped out for days outside the FDA commissioner's home to pressure the agency to ban electric shock devices used on those with special needs.

March 13, 2018

Special Educator’s Use Of Facilitated Communication Lands Dad In Jail

The father of a boy with special needs spent 35 days in jail after his son's teacher used a largely discredited method to claim the boy — who speaks little — had been abused.

March 9, 2018

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Marijuana Complicates Guardianship For Teen With Severe Autism

As a last-ditch effort, one family turned to marijuana to stem the self-injurious behaviors of their daughter with autism. The drug worked, but complicated their quest for guardianship.

March 7, 2018

Can A Man With A Disability Stay In A Marriage He Might Not Understand?

Amid concerns from the family of a man with intellectual disability, a judge is weighing the questions raised by the man's marriage to a typically-developing spouse who's also his guardian.

March 6, 2018

Uber Has Shortage Of Accessible Vehicles, Lawsuit Claims

The Uber app includes an option to request a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, but in a new lawsuit advocates allege that the cars are rarely available.

March 2, 2018

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Trump Directive Spurs Proposal To Delay IDEA Rule

The Trump administration is officially proceeding with plans to delay an Obama-era rule that aimed to ensure students from certain backgrounds aren't wrongly placed in special education.

February 27, 2018
Shayne Nagel, right, comforts her daughter, Erin, who has autism

Federal Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions In Jeopardy

Funding is quickly running out for a popular Medicaid program that transitions people with disabilities from costly institutions to home and community-based living.

February 19, 2018
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Trump Budget Draws Strong Opposition From Advocates

President Donald Trump is calling for modifications to Medicaid and Social Security alongside cuts to federal spending on many programs that benefit people with disabilities.

February 16, 2018

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