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A well-regarded philosophy professor, Dr. Silvers knew the subject firsthand, having had polio as a child.

In many ways paraprofessionals are the foot soldiers of special ed, but federal and state laws are lax, leaving school districts with significant leeway in how they use and oversee paras.

Being part of the disability community means constantly losing friends and allies. I don’t expect that to change.

A multi-million gift to establish a major new Down syndrome research center is said to be one of the largest ever focused on increasing knowledge of the chromosomal disorder.

Five years after a sweeping overhaul of the diagnostic criteria for autism, research suggests that the changes have led fewer people to be identified with the developmental disorder.

Children who are on the severe end of the autism spectrum are increasingly being left out of studies on treating the developmental disorder, new research suggests.

If you strive to live a good life in all areas, journaling might be the next step to consider. Take a look at simple ways journaling can improve your life.

Advocates for students with disabilities are concerned that accommodations for college entrance exams could tighten in the wake of an admissions cheating scandal.

Frustrated that many students depart high school only to sit at home with nothing to do, a teacher is developing a new day program to serve adults with disabilities, regardless of severity.

A high school special education teacher is accused of encouraging students in his classroom to fight each other while refereeing the brawls himself.

Online retailer Amazon has removed listings for two books claiming to offer cures for autism.

Months after the Food and Drug Administration pledged to ban devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities, advocates are asking what the holdup is.

With his latest budget proposal, the president is calling for significant changes to Medicaid that advocates say would have big consequences for people with disabilities.

There's no doubt about it: If you want to live a more knowledgeable, cultural and altruistic lifestyle, then learning another language has big benefits in store.

Less than a week after a major study further refuted any connection between autism and vaccines, Facebook says it will crack down on the spread of vaccine misinformation on its platform.

A partnership with Google is part of a global effort to build and deploy systems that can detect signs of illness and disease in medical scans.

In what advocates are calling a landmark case, a judge said a health insurer improperly factored its own financial interests in determining whether to cover autism therapy and other care.

Air travel can cause a great deal of apprehension for both seasoned and novice travelers. If you’re taking that flight with a wheelchair — that’s an added level of stress.

The U.S. Department of Education can't delay implementation of a regulation aimed at preventing certain students from being wrongly placed in special education, a federal judge has ruled.

A proposal in the U.S. Senate would dramatically increase access to a newly-established program that allows people with disabilities a way to save without jeopardizing government benefits.

Families of those with disabilities who rely on diapers are pushing for legislation to make adult-sized changing tables more available in public places.

A study looking at more than 650,000 kids is further debunking any link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

Nutrition impacts every area of our lives, including our ability to live altruistically for others. So let's dive into how you can celebrate National Nutrition Month.

Tormented by pain, Morgan Stickney made the agonizing decision to have her lower leg removed. The groundbreaking procedure may change the course of her life, and the future of amputations.

The genetic susceptibility for autism could potentially be overcome by taking maternal prenatal multivitamins, new research suggests.

People with developmental disabilities may find it easier to get dental care after a national board changed its ethics policy to be more inclusive.

Ms. Lucas, who lived with multiple disabilities, met resistance when she sought to adopt her niece from foster care. So she helped change the law.

People with developmental disabilities in one of the nation's most populous states can now apply for a government-issued identification card designed to ease encounters with first responders.

With an increasing number of colleges offering programs for those with intellectual disabilities, a new report suggests the programs are becoming more inclusive and leading to better outcomes.

New research suggests that children with autism are much more likely than other kids to be mistreated, according to a wide-ranging review of reports to child abuse hotlines.

Even if you care about a cause, how can you ensure you're a good fit for the position? Here are some ideas to help you find the right fit for volunteering.

An industrious community has for years devised workarounds to play video games. Microsoft’s new adaptive controller may allow even more people to play with their face, elbows and feet.

More students with disabilities are being educated alongside their typically-developing peers, according to new federal data.

The number of lawsuits nationwide nearly tripled in 2018. Is it an overdue move for the rights of the disabled or a way for lawyers to make a quick buck?

There are ways we can challenge ourselves to grow in empathy. If you want to learn more, check out these tips for how to cultivate more empathy for others.

Federal officials say that a major university health care system will change its ways after denying a person with intellectual disability the opportunity to be placed on a transplant list.

New research suggests that incidents of bullying and other harassment targeting kids with disabilities vary depending on what sort of special needs a child has.

Jake Olson, a lineman at U.S.C., received a letter from Woods after snapping the ball for an extra point in 2017. On Wednesday, the two chatted before the Genesis Open.

Despite a federal mandate nearly five years ago, several state Medicaid programs are still failing to cover treatment like applied behavior analysis for children with autism, advocates say.

When a fully-accessible house became available, a nonprofit disability service provider seized the opportunity to make it into a respite home, but now zoning issues could get in the way.

Barbie dolls are available with various skin tones, body types, eye colors and hair styles. Now, for the first time, the toy store staple will feature dolls with disabilities.

Two-thirds of the city’s 550,000 residents who have trouble walking live far from an accessible subway station, a New York Times analysis has found.

What if you could live with more compassion this week and share love with other people in your community, country or even the world? Turns out, you can!

Lawmakers are looking to secure over $1 billion in the coming years for federal efforts to address the needs of people with autism, including additional support for adults on the spectrum.

The term “disabled list” goes back more than 100 years. But after objections from advocates for disabled people, Major League Baseball will now use the phrase “injured list.”

Features like open kitchens and spacious bathrooms appeal to nearly everyone. So why isn’t accessible housing more readily available in New York City?

Fed up with what they see as obstinate parents who don't agree to special education for their kids, schools sometimes use the threat of a child-protection investigation to strong-arm parents.

Netflix is picking up a comedy series about a man with cerebral palsy that has the backing of a "Big Bang Theory" star.

The new emojis and variants, which emphasize inclusivity, are expected to come out later this year, the organization that sets standards for emoji compatibility announced.

A dozen icons depicting the experiences of people with disabilities are coming to smartphones and other devices later this year.