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Study: Among Vaccinated, Those With Down Syndrome Face Highest Risk From COVID-19

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Hallmark Movie To Feature Actor With Autism

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Senator Wants To Increase SSI Benefits That Haven’t Been Updated In Decades

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For People With Disabilities, Few Good Options During Disasters

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Politics & Law

FDA Wants Court To Reconsider Ban On Shock Devices For Those With IDD

The Food and Drug Administration is fighting back after a federal court overturned its ban on devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities.

September 21, 2021
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Autism

Intervention For Babies Greatly Reduces Odds Of Autism Diagnosis, Study Finds

A first-of-its-kind study finds that intervention for infants showing signs of autism can dramatically reduce symptom severity and lessen the chance that a child will later be diagnosed.

September 21, 2021

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Living

Changes Wrought By Pandemic Helped People With Disabilities. They’re Not Ready To Give Them Up

Some people with disabilities say they're hesitant about going back to in-person services and want to keep things virtual, but the practicality of whether that's possible remains uncertain.

September 21, 2021

Health & Behavior

Feds Push Back On State’s 5-Year Residency Requirement For Medicaid Waivers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says a new law in one state requiring individuals with IDD to be residents for five years before they can apply for waivers is "not permitted."

September 20, 2021

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Politics & Law

Congress May Halve Biden’s $400 Billion Plan To Boost Disability Services

President Joe Biden proposed a massive $400 billion investment in Medicaid home and community-based services earlier this year, but now Congress is considering less than half that amount.

September 17, 2021

Health & Behavior

Clinic’s Prescription for Healthier Patients? Lawyers

The Medicaid-funded program operates on the notion that fixing patients' legal ills is a vital part of their medical care.

September 17, 2021

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Money

Tech Firm Helps Youth With Developmental Disabilities Find STEM Career Paths


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Autism

Netflix Brings Back Autism Dating Show

A documentary series following young people with autism as they experience the world of dating is set to return.

September 15, 2021
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Money

EEOC Suit: McDonald’s Worker Fired Because Of His Autism

The EEOC is accusing the operator of numerous McDonald's locations of disability discrimination over the firing of an employee with autism after 37 years on the job.

September 14, 2021

Living

Parents Say State Wants To Move Adults With Severe Disabilities To ‘Prison-Like’ Facility

The parents of adults with conditions such as autism say they are being forced to choose between sending their child to a fenced-in institutional facility, or lose funding for their care.

September 14, 2021

Education

Ed Department Expands Investigations Of Mask Policies And Disability Rights

Not long after opening investigations into whether bans on mask mandates in five states violate the civil rights of students with disabilities, the Education Department is initiating another.

September 14, 2021

President Joe Biden at podium

Health & Behavior

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Could Impact Services For Those With IDD

A sweeping new Biden administration plan to require many workers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations may have implications for individuals with disabilities and the people who support them.

September 13, 2021

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Living

Disability Service Providers Shuttering In Many States


Health & Behavior

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters OK’d For Some Group Home Residents

At least one state is moving forward with booster shots for certain group home residents even though the federal government has not yet issued formal rules for when most Americans should get them.

September 10, 2021

Education

Pandemic Leaves Families Of Children In Special Ed Feeling Left Behind

With a wildly spreading delta variant, many families of vulnerable children with disabilities feel forgotten by state and school leaders and disregarded by those who reject mask wearing.

September 9, 2021
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Politics & Law

FBI Sees Drop In Disability-Related Hate Crimes

While the number of reported hate crimes rose significantly, those targeting people with disabilities are on the decline, according to new data from the FBI.

September 8, 2021
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