Ed Department Expands Investigations Of Mask Policies And Disability Rights

by Ana Ceballos, Miami Herald/TNS | September 14, 2021 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — President Joe Biden’s administration has initiated an investigation into whether Florida’s ban on mask mandates violates the civil rights of students with disabilities. The investigation launched late last week by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights comes after a weeks-long battle between Gov. … Continue reading Ed Department Expands Investigations Of Mask Policies And Disability Rights

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

by Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop | September 13, 2021 President Joe Biden speaks about new COVID-19 vaccination requirements at the White House. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS) A sweeping new Biden administration plan to require many workers across the nation to receive COVID-19 vaccinations could have implications for individuals with disabilities and the people who support them. With the resurgent … Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Could Impact Services For Those With IDD

FBI Sees Drop In Disability-Related Hate Crimes

by Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop | September 8, 2021 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.The agency’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program shows that there were 83 incidents stemming from disability bias in 2020, down from 144 the year … Continue reading FBI Sees Drop In Disability-Related Hate Crimes

How To Prepare For A Disaster If You Live With A Disability

by Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times/TNS | September 7, 2021 LOS ANGELES — Cheryl Drymon, 72, has been using mobility aids for four years. It started when she tore her Achilles tendon and then her meniscus. Now she has trouble with tasks like getting in and out of a car. After learning about seniors with disabilities … Continue reading How To Prepare For A Disaster If You Live With A Disability

Program Offers A Home, Family To Adults With Developmental Disabilities

by Pam Kragen, The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS | August 31, 2021 SAN DIEGO — At the top end of a sunny street in Lakeside lives the Cox family. There’s mom and dad, Paige and Dan Cox, two friendly Rottweilers and three adult men with developmental disabilities who live harmoniously as siblings. Trent Cox, 28, was adopted … Continue reading Program Offers A Home, Family To Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Gym Provides Sensory-Safe Play For Kids On The Spectrum

by Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun/TNS | August 31, 2021 BALTIMORE — Four-year-old Daniel Smith zoomed by, seated on a child-sized zip line, his dark curls bouncing. Daniel flew until he was above the cushiony crash pit. Off Daniel tumbled into the pillows, with a delighted screech. Daniel’s mom, Jessica Smith of Bel Air, laughed … Continue reading Gym Provides Sensory-Safe Play For Kids On The Spectrum

Social Security, SSI Checks Could Increase By Largest Amount In Decades

by Summer Lin, McClatchy/TNS | August 27, 2021 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients will see a raise in payments in 2022 — the highest increase in almost four decades, according to the latest estimate from The Senior Citizens League. Every year, people who get retirement or disability payments receive a cost-of-living adjustment to keep … Continue reading Social Security, SSI Checks Could Increase By Largest Amount In Decades

Growing Up Is Hard, Especially For Young People With Disabilities

by Nadra Nittle, California Health Report | August 26, 2021 LOS ANGELES — The way 25-year-old Essence Guss of Pomona describes growing up captures the way many young people feel about the transition. “Being an adult is hard,” she said. But along with the typical challenges of “adulting,” as millennials often call it, like working and … Continue reading Growing Up Is Hard, Especially For Young People With Disabilities

Schools Settle With Justice Department Over Discipline Of Students With Autism

by Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel/TNS | August 24, 2021 ORLANDO, Fla. — The Volusia County School District and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached a new agreement on supporting students with disabilities. Officials investigated whether the district participated in discriminatory and systemic behavior when punishing students with a disability for disability-related behavior, according to the … Continue reading Schools Settle With Justice Department Over Discipline Of Students With Autism