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April 17, 2013

Series on Group Home Abuses Earns Journalism Honor

California Watch's reporting on problems with the state-run police force tasked to protect the vulnerable residents of California group homes was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for public service.

December 05, 2012

New Definition of Autism Drops Asperger, PDD-NOS Distinctions

But the major rewrite by psychiatrists of the definition of autism will include all diagnosed with a form of the disorder now, one expert says.

October 05, 2012

Feds Receive Record Number of Complaints About Special Education

The greatest number of complaints were about whether students were receiving a free, appropriate public education.

June 04, 2012

Changes to Name, Definition of Mental Retardation Raise Concerns

The new definition would rename mental retardation "intellectual developmental disorder," and change how it is diagnosed.

July 19, 2011

Majority of Special Ed. Students in Texas Suspended, Expelled

Students with disabilities, in particular an emotional disturbance, are especially likely to be suspended or expelled from Texas middle and high schools, a new study finds.

May 25, 2011

Report Probes the Future of Special Education

A new report looks at how special education students and the people who work with them have changed during the last decade and concludes that the field needs to change, dramatically.

September 27, 2010

'Retardation' Out; 'Intellectual Disability' In

"Rosa's Law" would remove the terms "mentally retarded" and "mental retardation" from federal laws, to be replaced with "intellectually disabled/disabilities."

June 25, 2010

Agencies Starting To Drop "Retarded" Label

While Congress is considering dropping "mental retardation" from official use, other states are making that move on their own.

June 08, 2010

The New Slur Frontier

Is the "A-word" the new "R-word?"

May 26, 2010

Lawmakers Discuss Removing Words "Mentally Retarded" From Federal Law

Why should there be outdated or offensive language in the very laws designed to protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities? That's what some lawmakers are discussing on Capitol Hill this week. Senators are preparing to eliminate all references in federal law to the terms "mental reta...

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