Developmental disability news

Four individuals with I/DD sue over “discriminatory” guardianships, New Jersey injects money into getting people with disabilities out of nursing homes, a deep dive into Applied Behavior Analysis and more news for the week ending Feb. 17, 2024.


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New York

People with disabilities demand fund in N.Y. budget to permanently raise staff pay At the Feb. 12 rally in Albany, DSPs said they no longer want to have the same fiscal battle with state lawmakers over their salaries each year. (Spectrum News)

Disability rights group sues state over guardianship system Four people with I/DD allege that “illegal and discriminatory” guardianships over them have violated their rights to due process and equal protection. (

Rockland BOCES opens preschool to connect kids with key education support earlier Children age 3-5 with an IEP can access free preschool. But only if there’s space. (

Outside of New York

NJ to spend $6 million to move people with disabilities out of nursing homes Advocate says money alone won’t solve the housing problem. (

$3.7 Million grant expands Abilis assistance for those with disabilities in Stamford The non-profit provides therapeutic services for over 800 individuals. (Westfair Business Journal)

Oklahoma Bills Would Give Full-Tuition Scholarships to Students with I/DD (Enid News & Eagle)


The Argument Over a Long-Standing Autism Intervention Applied Behavior Analysis therapy has a troubling history, and even many supporters say it was used too widely in the past. But has criticism of the practice gone too far? (The New Yorker)

At 17, she found out she was autistic. It’s a story that’s becoming more common. An interview with Journey Early from Love on the Spectrum. (USA Today)

Rah Rah!

Young cheerleaders with disabilities in Cumberland County, Pa., are headed to Disney for competition They’re on their way to the Disney World Cheer Competitions. (


With New Season, ‘The Good Doctor’ Adds Character With Autism (Disability Scoop)

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