Latest Developmental disorders News

Many kids are struggling. Is special education the answer?

Dec. 06, 2022 08:15 AM EST

The COVID-19 pandemic sent Heidi Whitney’s daughter into a tailspin. Suddenly the San Diego middle schooler was sleeping all day and awake all night. When in-person classes resumed, she was so anxious at times that she begged to come home early, telling the nurse her stomach hurt. ...

Feds announce settlement over Iowa disability center abuse

Dec. 01, 2022 16:31 PM EST

The U.S. Justice Department has announced a settlement with the state of Iowa to resolve allegations of abuse and inadequate care at the state-run Glenwood Resource Center, a center for people with intellectual disabilities. A proposed consent decree announced Thursday by the DOJ...

NC health agency appealing ruling on services for disabled

Nov. 30, 2022 15:35 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's government is appealing a trial judge's order that demands many more community services by certain dates for people with intellectual and development disabilities who otherwise live at institutions, the top state health official said Wednesday. ...

Texas man executed for 2003 strangling death of his mother

Nov. 09, 2022 20:17 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man who killed his mother and buried her body in her backyard was executed Wednesday in Texas despite his lawyers’ appeals that he should not be put to death because he had a history of mental illness. Tracy Beatty, 61, received a lethal injection at...

Appeals Court weighs death row inmate's disability claims

Nov. 08, 2022 16:34 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for Tennessee death row inmate Byron Black told a state appeals court on Tuesday that he should not be executed because he is intellectually disabled. Black is appealing a ruling by a Nashville judge earlier this year that denied his motion to be...

Tennessee DA seeks death sentence commutation, AG against

Nov. 07, 2022 17:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's conservative attorney general and Nashville's liberal district attorney are at odds over whether a death row inmate is intellectually disabled and consequently should not be executed. The case involves Byron Black, a 66-year-old inmate convicted...

Bruins cut ties with player who bullied Black classmate

Nov. 06, 2022 21:53 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins decided Sunday to rescind their contract offer to prospect Mitchell Miller, who had his draft rights relinquished by Arizona for bullying a Black classmate with developmental disabilities in middle school. The team signed Miller to an entry-level...

Bruins sign player convicted of assault on Black classmate

Nov. 04, 2022 19:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Mitchell Miller, who had his draft rights relinquished by Arizona for bullying a Black classmate with developmental disabilities in middle school. The Bruins signed Miller to an entry-level contract on Friday after spending...

Judge sets steps for more NC disabled people to live at home

Nov. 03, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's health agency is weighing whether to challenge a judge's order demanding that the state ramp up services for people with intellectual and development disabilities to allow more of them to live at home or in their communities. In 2020, Superior...

Hitler Halloween costume leads to Wisconsin man's firing

Nov. 02, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Madison Children's Museum has fired a Wisconsin man with cognitive disabilities after he wore an Adolf Hitler costume over the Halloween weekend. The museum said the man believed he was making a mockery of the Nazi Party's leader when he wore the costume on...