Latest Developmental disorders News

Boy helps Brown put new spin on 'Let's go, Brandon' chant

Jul. 03, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Brandon Brown wanted a way to change the narrative behind the “Let’s go, Brandon” message after his first career NASCAR victory inadvertently fostered a chant that has been used to insult President Joe Biden. Brown found that new message thanks to...

DOJ: Maine violates ADA in care of kids with disabilities

Jun. 22, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine unnecessarily institutionalizes youths with mental health and developmental disabilities because of a lack of sufficient community-based services that would allow them to stay in their homes, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday in declaring a violation of...

West Virginia law enforcement receiving autism training

Jun. 18, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A statewide program designed to teach law enforcement officers how to have safe interactions with those who have an autism spectrum disorder is being launched. The Safe Interactions for Law Enforcement and Persons with Intellectual or Developmental...

Louisiana business to offer job training to autistic adults

Jun. 18, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — A school and longtime business in northeast Louisiana are joining forces to spearhead a workforce program to assist those with developmental disorders. QuesTECH Learning, a private school in Monroe for kids in need of special learning assistance in grades 2-12,...

Miss Georgia pageant has first special-needs contestant

Jun. 18, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Kelsey Norris needs only one word to summarize her reaction to learning that she is the first candidate with an intellectual disability to qualify for the Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition in its 77-year history. “Happiness,” she told the...

School worker sentenced to prison for abusing disabled child

Jun. 17, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston public school employee convicted of sexually abusing a child with developmental disabilities was sentenced Friday to more than a decade in state prison. Jose Melendez, 55, will serve no less than 12 years but no more than 15 years behind bars under the...

Troubled Iowa center for disabled fined for resident's death

Jun. 10, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

A troubled Iowa center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities failed to monitor the fluid intake of a 30-year-old resident who died in February due to dehydration, state inspectors said in a report. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has fined the...

Judge: Death row inmate can pursue disability claims

Jun. 09, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate convicted of a 1994 slaying can pursue arguments that he is intellectually disabled and should not be executed under state law, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Mark S. Norris issued an order Tuesday granting a stay...

Death row inmate appeals intellectual disability case denial

Jun. 02, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate is appealing a state trial court's dismissal of his request to be declared intellectually disabled, which would make him ineligible for execution. Earlier this year, Senior Judge Walter Kurtz ruled that federal courts had...

Lawyers: Georgia prisoner killed guards but is mentally ill

Jun. 02, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — Lawyers for a Georgia prisoner on trial for murdering two prison guards admit that Ricky Dubose killed the pair aboard a prison bus but say an abuse-filled childhood left him mentally ill. “Ricky Dubose is guilty and intellectually disabled,” defense...