Latest Developmental disorders News

Lawyers: Georgia man's death sentence is unconstitutional

May. 18, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for a Georgia man whose execution was put on hold by a judge this week are arguing that he is ineligible for execution because he has cognitive impairments that cause him to function like a young child or someone with intellectual disability. Lawyers for...

Coffee shop in Auburn to hire people with special needs

May. 15, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bitty and Beau’s coffee shop will have its grand opening in Auburn this July and is looking to hire 25 employees. The North Carolina-based company proudly employs individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “I honestly teared...

WV native talks to CBS about program for neurodiverse people

May. 14, 2022 09:15 AM EDT

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Martinsburg native Morgan McCardell was recently interviewed by CBS in a special covering some of the pilot program she was involved with at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency where she uses her talents in a unique way. The pilot program increases...

Lawyer says Georgia man set for execution should be spared

May. 13, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The life of a Georgia man set to be executed Tuesday for killing an 8-year-old girl should be spared, his lawyer argues, explaining that her client has significant cognitive impairments that likely contributed to his crimes and has suffered horrific abuse in prison. ...

WVa woman selected as national small business person of year

May. 09, 2022 03:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who owns a learning center for children with autism has been selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration small business person of the year. Jill Scarbro-McLaury is the first person in West Virginia to receive the award, Gov. Jim...

NC artist tries new approaches as he recovers from a stroke

May. 08, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — When Michael Collins saw the customer at Lowe’s fall to the floor, he rushed to the man’s aid. Collins immediately recognized the signs of a stroke. The man’s speech was slurred. He couldn’t respond to questions about his name or...

Ruling ordering new trial in death of 8-year-old is reversed

May. 06, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has reversed a ruling that overturned a health care executive's manslaughter conviction for fatally drugging her 8-year-old autistic son. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Manhattan Magistrate Judge Sarah Cave was wrong in...

Delaware groups raise awareness for disability unemployment

Apr. 30, 2022 00:19 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — While the First State’s overall unemployment rate is on a steady decline and the state currently has more jobs than job seekers, Delaware’s disabled community isn’t seeing the same job growth. Recent changes in state law have leveled the playing field for...

New Mexico resolves 1987 lawsuit by developmentally disabled

Apr. 28, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legal battle aimed at providing adequate services to people with developmental disabilities in New Mexico has come to a close after more than three decades. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday that a final U.S. District Court order...

Singapore executes Malaysian despite pleas he was disabled

Apr. 27, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore on Wednesday executed a Malaysian man convicted of drug smuggling after a court dismissed a last-minute challenge from his mother and international pleas to spare him on grounds he was mentally disabled. Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, 34, had been on death...