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Federal education officials are dramatically altering the way they evaluate compliance with special education law and the change means far fewer states are living up to expectations.

A new proposal in the U.S. Senate would eliminate a government bias toward placing people with disabilities in institutional rather than community-based settings.

Congress is one step closer to renewing the nation's primary autism legislation.

Federal lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to require most students with disabilities to try competitive employment before they could be employed by sheltered workshops.

A major health insurer has agreed to stop using the term "mental retardation" after a family complained when the phrase was used to describe their daughter's condition.

Parents of children with autism are more likely to exhibit traits of the developmental disorder themselves, new research suggests.

With autism numbers rising every few years, some researchers in the field are sharply questioning the reliability of the government statistics.

In a case that could have broad implications, the U.S. Supreme Court says home care workers -- including those caring for their own kids with special needs -- can't be forced to pay union dues.

Unemployment among Americans with disabilities inched up last month even as the overall job situation appeared to improve, the U.S. Department of Labor said.

Further allaying fears about a link between vaccines and autism, a systematic review finds that immunizations are generally safe and that the benefits far outweigh risks.

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Just six treatment sessions designed to help moms of kids with developmental disabilities manage their stress can go a long way toward reducing depression and anxiety, researchers say.

Plans are in the works at the U.S. Department of Justice to roll out law enforcement training focused on people with disabilities.

To hype its trendiest looks for fall, Nordstrom is turning to models with various disabilities clad in everything from designer boots to kids' fashions.

Genes may play a bigger role in cerebral palsy than previously thought with researchers finding heightened risk in siblings and other relatives of those with the condition.

In what advocates are calling a major win, federal officials are for the first time telling states that Medicaid coverage must include treatments like ABA for children with autism.

As states increasingly close down institutions, one resident who's being forced to move says people like her are often left with few choices.

A fresh face is on board at the White House tasked with focusing on disability issues.

Scientists say they're gaining an understanding of how ancient people treated those with Down syndrome after unearthing the remains of a 1,500-year-old skeleton with features of the disorder.

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