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Senate Approves Delay Of Caregiver Check-In Mandate

Legislation is now headed to President Trump that would delay the start of a controversial program to track when personal care services are provided to people with disabilities.

July 19, 2018

Talk Of Segregating People With Disabilities Alarms Members Of Congress

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking for answers after a top federal official responsible for community living reportedly said she favored "segregation" of people with disabilities.

July 18, 2018
Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Disability Groups Leery Of Trump Supreme Court Nominee

Disability rights groups are concerned that President Donald Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court could weaken laws that help protect people with disabilities from discrimination.

July 16, 2018

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Ed Department Sued Over Delay Of Special Education Rule

The U.S. Department of Education is being accused of sidestepping its responsibilities to students with disabilities by delaying a special education regulation that was set to take effect.

July 13, 2018

Straw Bans Face Opposition From Disability Advocates

States and cities are being pressed by environmentalists to eliminate plastic straws, but objections from disability advocates and others have derailed or delayed some proposed bans.

July 10, 2018

Judge Allows Electric Shocks On Those With Disabilities To Continue

Children and adults with disabilities can continue to receive electric shocks, a judge has ruled, even as federal regulators mull banning the controversial behavior modification technique.

July 10, 2018

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Feds Urge Steps To Make Group Homes Safer

Five months after a scathing report found that injuries and even deaths of those with developmental disabilities living in group homes often go overlooked, federal officials are responding.

June 29, 2018

ABLE Programs In Jeopardy, Disability Advocates Warn

Without a big change, advocates are warning that a recently-established vehicle to help people with disabilities save money without risking their government benefits could be unsustainable.

June 28, 2018

Fearing Deportation, Parents Declining Benefits For Kids With Disabilities

Advocates say many immigrant families, nervous about a higher degree of scrutiny in applications, are dropping Medicaid and other benefits for their citizen children with disabilities.

June 26, 2018

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Kayla McKeon

New York Woman Is Nation’s First Lobbyist With Down Syndrome

There are lots of people trying to sway federal lawmakers, but no one else is quite like Kayla McKeon, Capitol Hill's first-ever registered lobbyist with Down syndrome.

June 26, 2018

School District Pays $1.3 Million To Settle Landmark Special Ed Case

A seven-year legal battle that led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision raising the standard schools must meet in educating students with disabilities is coming to a close.

June 25, 2018

House Lawmakers Approve Delay Of Caregiver Check-In Requirement

Congress moved one step closer this week toward delaying the start of a controversial program to track when personal care services are provided to people with disabilities.

June 21, 2018

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