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Community-Based Services Lawsuit Granted Class-Action Status

A lawsuit alleging that thousands of people with disabilities are stuck in institutions can proceed as a class action, a federal judge ruled, in spite of opposition from some families.

April 3, 2018
U.S. Capitol

Federal Budget Boosts Special Ed Funding, Addresses Autism Wandering

A $1.3 trillion government spending package will aid those with disabilities who wander while increasing special ed funding and tackling restraint and seclusion in schools, among other issues.

March 28, 2018

Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under ‘Incompetence’ Laws

Most states allow judges to strip voting rights from people with disabilities even though there is no set standard for measuring the mental capacity needed to vote.

March 27, 2018

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Student With Special Needs Force-Fed Hot Sauce, Lawsuit Claims

A lawsuit filed on behalf of a student with special needs is alleging that a former instructor poured hot sauce into his mouth after he was seen blowing bubbles with his mouth in class.

March 27, 2018

Federal Report Calls For Alternatives To Guardianship

Guardianship is overused, often unnecessarily depriving individuals with disabilities of their rights, warns a federal agency tasked with advising Congress and the president.

March 23, 2018
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

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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

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

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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
Marijuana vapor machine

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

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