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Poetry is a cultural art form that combines both the beauty of literature and an artistic sense of musicality. Here are a few ways to get involved this National Poetry Month.

Amazon is being asked to help ensure that people with developmental disabilities living in group homes and other community settings can access necessities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The practice of social distancing can be hard for many with disabilities to understand and it conflicts with decades-long efforts to fully include this population in their communities.

Isolated at home with few services to help, some parents of those with disabilities say they are terrified that their children's progress will evaporate.

A $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan signed by President Donald Trump offers some benefits to people with disabilities, advocates say, but may also prompt unprecedented changes to IDEA.

Ms. Dunn, who succumbed to the coronavirus, successfully pushed for legislation that provided alternative ways to gain a high school degree.

Coronavirus has meant rethinking education as we know it, and it’s OK to take it slow.

A pair of children's television shows are set to highlight the experiences of those with autism.

At a home for 440-plus people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that contains the largest cluster of COVID-19 cases in Texas, no visitors are allowed and residents must remain.

Students with disabilities were dealt a particularly harsh blow when schools shut down. Overnight, the intense hands-on assistance they need was no longer available.

Meditation is powerful. If you’re still unsure whether or not the practice is worth trying, check out these top benefits of meditation and consider how they can help improve your life.

The Trump administration is warning states and health care providers not to discriminate against people with disabilities as coronavirus spreads.

For thousands of people across the nation with developmental disabilities, it's difficult, or impossible, to understand the sudden shrinking of their worlds due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of American children diagnosed with autism is on the rise yet again, according to new government data.

Christianity teaches that every single human life is valuable, even during a pandemic.

An award-winning documentary produced by former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama centering on the origins of the disability rights movement is making its debut.

Judy Heumann, a galvanizing force for disability rights in the new Netflix documentary, explains how summer camp set her path.

The parents of a 12-year-old with autism are facing criminal charges after their daughter used a device to record teachers and staff at school to document what her parents say is abuse.

This feel-good documentary recounts the ties of a Catskills summer camp to American disability rights activism in the 1970s.

Troubled that some districts were choosing not to educate students at all because of special education concerns, the U.S. Department of Education is rethinking its advice to schools.

Disability advocates have filed a complaint with a federal civil rights office over guidelines being developed to ration novel coronavirus care if medical facilities get overwhelmed.

Many aides, their employers and the people they care for are struggling with whether they should continue working, whether they can afford not to and how their clients will get by without them.

Yale health experts take strong issue with an Op-Ed essay that suggested letting the virus run its course. Also: Senator Rand Paul’s error; public works projects; lagging on disability rights.

Advocates in Washington State fear that people who are disabled could be at higher risk of death when doctors and hospitals make end-of-life triage decisions.

Even in a crisis, doctors should not abandon the principle of nondiscrimination.

When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness?

Lawmakers are considering waiving portions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as schools nationwide struggle in the face of COVID-19.

With students out of school, parents of those with autism face even more uncertainty with their children's routines disrupted and questions about whether it's safe to continue therapy.

When people with disabilities become victims of crime, neglect or other maltreatment, investigations can easily fall short. A newly formed nonprofit is working to address the problem.

The ableism and ageism being unleashed is its own sort of pestilence.

Social Security offices are closing their doors due to coronavirus, but help with benefits is still available, the agency says.

As schools across the nation shutter in response to coronavirus, federal officials are giving educators additional insight on how to handle the needs of students with disabilities.

People with certain developmental disabilities may be more susceptible to severe illness from coronavirus, and with life disrupted, they also face issues getting the supports they need.

Hundreds of students with disabilities from a single school remain quarantined in their homes after a special education classroom aide was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The parents of a 9-year-old with autism say their school district is violating the ADA by preventing a behavior therapist from providing their son doctor-prescribed ABA therapy at school.

Whether it’s a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you but positively influences you as well.

An iconic shoe brand is rolling out a whole new collection specifically designed to meet the needs of people with autism.

“We’re alive! As long as we’re alive, we have to keep moving.”

As coronavirus spreads across the U.S., federal officials are clarifying how schools and state Medicaid agencies should address the needs of those with disabilities.

The stickers can be placed on the outside of a home or vehicle to identify that an occupant has autism or other special needs and help avert misunderstandings in the event of an emergency.

The percentage of American schoolchildren receiving special education services as a result of an autism diagnosis doubled over 10 years.

Advocates say that the FDA's decision to bar devices used to shock people with developmental disabilities should prompt a larger conversation about how this was allowed to happen for so long.

As a form of therapy, arranging gently used blooms is enriching the lives of older and marginalized people.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is encouraging people to work from home as coronavirus cases grow, but says there are no plans to close public schools.

I live with chronic illness. Here is my advice for keeping calm in a health crisis.

Nearly 1 in 5 parents of kids with autism who participated in a new study had enough symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder to qualify for a provisional diagnosis.

A model known as self-directed Medicaid benefits shifts the balance of power away from insurers and government bureaucrats, empowering individuals with disabilities to make their own choices.

The family of a girl with special needs is suing alleging that she was repeatedly sexually assaulted and eventually raped on her school bus after a bus monitor was removed from the route.

Living a full and altruistic life is about more than just doing your best. It’s about sharing your best with others around you and connecting with them through our inherent need to tell stories.

Television characters with disabilities are increasingly being played by actors who actually have the disabilities they're portraying, according to a new report.