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Genetic Testing ‘Strongly Recommended’ For Kids With Intellectual Disability

Money

Millions Headed To States For Respite Care

Living

Disability Service Providers Face ‘Unprecedented’ Labor Shortage

Education

Schools, Parents Aim To Make Up Pandemic Losses For Students In Special Ed

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Politics & Law

On ADA Anniversary, Biden Recommits To Disability Rights

President Joe Biden used a White House ceremony marking the anniversary of the ADA to push his plans to spend billions on home and community-based services and end subminimum wage.

July 27, 2021

Health & Behavior

Advocates Reflect On FDA Overturning Ban On Electric Shock Devices

Disability advocates have been fighting the use electric shock devices for decades. In 2020, they got a win when the FDA banned the devices, but earlier this month that ban was overturned.

July 27, 2021

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Autism

Mom Of Child With Autism Started T-Shirt And Vending Business For 1 Reason: Routine

In order to give her son with autism structure, one mom created a business that involves her kids and reinforces their routine.

July 27, 2021
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Education

ACT Will Honor IEP, 504 Plan Accommodations

A major standardized test maker is taking steps to make it easier for students with disabilities to access accommodations.

July 26, 2021

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Politics & Law

Disability Advocates Warn $400 Billion Community-Based Services Plan Could Get Chopped

An ambitious Biden administration plan to invest $400 billion to transform home and community-based services and get people with disabilities off waiting lists is in jeopardy, advocates say.

July 23, 2021

Living

Following Loss Of Parents, Community Steps In To Care For Man With Special Needs

Since a young adult with special needs lost both of his parents in 2018, people around town have made sure he has everything from a home and a bicycle to regular haircuts, new clothes and more.

July 23, 2021

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Politics & Law

Britney Spears Case Spurs Bipartisan Bill Against Conservatorship Abuse


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Living

Paralympic Gold Medalist Withdraws From Tokyo Games After Being Denied Aide

A two-time Paralympic swimmer who is deaf and blind is withdrawing from the Tokyo games, saying that she had "no choice" after being told she couldn't have a personal care assistant accompany her.

July 21, 2021
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Education

Most States Struggling To Fulfill IDEA Requirements

More than half of states are falling behind in meeting their responsibilities to students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, federal officials say.

July 20, 2021

Living

Olympics Composer Steps Down Over Bullying Of Classmates With Disabilities

Just days before the Olympics get underway, the composer who worked on the opening ceremony resigned over having bullied classmates, including those with disabilities, during his childhood.

July 20, 2021

Education

Family Suing After Maskless Student With Disability Barred From School

The high schooler has a speech-related disability that makes it hard for him to pronounce certain sounds and letters — and also means he cannot wear a mask safely, according to a lawsuit.

July 20, 2021

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Politics & Law

Jury Awards $125 Million To Former Walmart Employee With Down Syndrome

Walmart has been ordered to pay a former employee with Down syndrome over $125 million after a jury found that the retailer failed to provide her with appropriate disability accommodations.

July 19, 2021

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Politics & Law

Senators Eye Greater Scrutiny Of Guardianships


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Education

Investigation Finds ‘No Evidence’ Of Discrimination Against Students In Special Ed

A federal investigation into one state's education department over concerns that students with disabilities were being denied equal access during the COVID-19 pandemic has been dismissed.

July 16, 2021
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Living

JCPenney Unveils Clothing Aimed At Kids With Disabilities

A major department store is rolling out a new line of children's clothes with adaptive features and will also be selling a host of accessories for adults and kids with disabilities.

July 15, 2021
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Money

More States Move To Phase Out Subminimum Wage

At least eight states have acted to prohibit subminimum wage employment in the hope of integrating more people with disabilities into the general workforce.

July 14, 2021
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