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‘Impending Intergenerational Crisis’: Americans With IDD Lack Long-Term Care Plans

Education

Federal Investigation Finds Students With Disabilities Denied FAPE During Pandemic

Autism

PBS To Air Documentary On First Person With Autism

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Living

Shortage Of Home Care Workers A ‘Real Challenge’

Home care for people with disabilities is becoming more difficult, with demand growing, the COVID-19 pandemic and wages failing to keep up with inflation and other types of jobs.

December 6, 2022

Education

State’s Special Education Age Limit Is Illegal, Lawsuit Claims

How long students have access to special education services as they reach their 20s varies from state to state, but courts are increasingly siding with families who say the cutoffs violate federal law.

December 6, 2022

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Autism

‘Autistic’ Or ‘Person With Autism’? It Depends

New research dives into the heated debate surrounding the language of autism and finds that preferences about how to describe those on the spectrum vary substantially depending on who you ask.

December 2, 2022
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Education

Trouble Staffing Special Education Services Leaves Students With Limited Options

Severe staffing shortages in special education and related services mean some students with disabilities are being forced to change schools and others are going without services they're entitled to.

December 2, 2022

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Money

Labor Department Crackdown On Caregiver Industry Uncovers Widespread Violations

A year ago, federal officials said they were stepping up efforts to ensure that people paid to care for individuals with disabilities were not being taken advantage of. What they found was problematic.

December 1, 2022
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Living

‘Glee’ Actor Says He Wouldn’t Play A Character In A Wheelchair Now

More than a decade after taking on the role of a student in a wheelchair despite not having a disability himself, actor Kevin McHale says he wouldn't do it again.

November 30, 2022

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Living

Sensory-Friendly Santa Coming To Hundreds Of Locations Nationwide


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Education

Controversial And Often Used Practices Cause Harm, Even Death, Among Students With Disabilities

With scant oversight, schools routinely restrain students or confine them in small rooms. Parents don't always know. Abuses and discrimination occur. Children are traumatized, injured, even die.

November 29, 2022
Close up of girl with cerebral palsy

Cerebral Palsy

Pediatricians Get New Guidance On Cerebral Palsy

A pair of major health organizations are issuing new guidance to doctors about how to identify children with cerebral palsy and appropriately treat the condition.

November 28, 2022

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Autism

Mom Says Walmart’s Acetaminophen Led To Autism In Her Child

A mom believes taking a generic brand of acetaminophen while pregnant caused autism and ADHD in her child. She's now suing Walmart in federal court.

November 28, 2022
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Health & Behavior

Behavior Analysis Group Votes To Oppose Electric Shock Treatment

After years of tacitly endorsing the only facility in the country known to use electric shocks to address behavior in those with disabilities, a major ABA organization is coming out against the practice.

November 18, 2022

John Fetterman at microphone

Politics & Law

After Stroke, John Fetterman Poised To Be Powerful Voice For Those With Disabilities

Incoming U.S. Sen. John Fetterman's performance during the debate, on the campaign trail and even his election night victory speech have elevated him into a disability icon of sorts.

November 18, 2022

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Living

Airbnb Using AI To Vet Accessible Rentals


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Education

Pandemic, Staff Shortages Prompt Surge In Special Education Complaints

Complaint data from one state and interviews with advocates and educators suggest that schools are failing to provide legally required services to students with disabilities at record-high rates.

November 16, 2022
Animatronic dolls, including one in a wheelchair

Living

Disney Adds Dolls In Wheelchairs To ‘It’s A Small World’

Disney's iconic "It's a Small World" ride is getting an update to be more inclusive of people with disabilities.

November 15, 2022

Politics & Law

US Olympic And Paralympic Committee Covered Up Abuse Of Athlete With Autism, Lawsuit Alleges

A Paralympic swimmer with autism and intellectual disability was repeatedly assaulted and raped by a teammate with cerebral palsy and officials were complicit, according to a lawsuit.

November 15, 2022
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