Cleared of Murder, Brothers Are Awarded $75 Million

Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, half brothers with intellectual disabilities, spent three decades in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl before DNA evidence implicated someone else.

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‘I Know She’s Gone, but Why?’: Love and Loss at a Boulder Grocery Store

Funerals for the victims of the mass shooting in Colorado were being held this week. Teri Leiker, a beloved employee at the King Soopers store for 31 years, was among them.

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‘I Really Loved My Job’: Why the Pandemic Has Hit These Workers Harder

People with disabilities are disproportionately employed in industries that have suffered in the pandemic.

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Former Boy Scouts Chaplain Is Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse

James Glawson, 76, sexually assaulted six young men, including one who is developmentally disabled, Rhode Island authorities said.

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When an I.Q. Score Is a Death Sentence

The Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional to execute intellectually disabled people. On Thursday, we’re set to do it anyway.

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The Man I Saw Them Kill

The Trump administration has resumed federal executions after a 17-year hiatus. I witnessed the latest one.

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Covid-19 Threatens People With Intellectual and Developmental Challenges

People with intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders are three times more likely to die of Covid-19, compared with patients without the conditions, a new analysis found.

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As School Returns, Kids With Special Needs Are Left Behind

For special-needs students, trying to return to the classroom, or just staying at home, presents a new set of challenges.

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Overlooked No More: Roland Johnson, Who Fought to Shut Down Institutions for the Disabled

He survived 13 years of neglect and abuse, including sexual assault, at the notorious Pennhurst State School and Hospital outside Philadelphia before emerging as a champion for the disabled.

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The Pandemic’s Toll on Children With Special Needs and Their Parents

Missing social contacts and altered routines, disturbed sleep and eating habits can be particularly intense for the kids with developmental challenges.

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Disability Pride: The High Expectations of a New Generation

Millions of young people grew up knowing the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act as a birthright. They now demand its guarantees — and even more.

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As the Country Opens Up, Children With Disabilities Are Getting Left Behind

The kids who most need social interaction this summer won’t be getting it.

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Texas Inmate Who Spent Nearly 40 Years on Death Row Is Granted Parole

Bobby Moore, 60, had been the center of a landmark case in which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his death sentence because he is intellectually disabled.

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The Extra Burden for Parents of Children With Special Needs

Your child may have setbacks during the school shutdown. But remember, schools will open again at some point and help get things back on track.

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Growing Up Alongside a Sibling With a Disability

When children help with the education of a brother or sister with special needs, the outcomes are often good for both.

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What’s Going to Happen to Junior, Now That His Mother Is Dead?

A Manhattan man with autism was sent to a quarantine facility after his mother had symptoms of the coronavirus and died.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #intellectual-disabilities, #queens-nyc

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Willie Levi, 73, Dies; He Escaped a Life of Servitude

He was one of a group of men with disabilities who worked for substandard wages at a turkey plant but found justice. He succumbed to the new coronavirus.

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Teachers of Special-Needs Students Struggle With Feelings of Helplessness

Remote learning has proved challenging for students who need intensive one-on-one guidance.

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This Is Schooling Now for 200,000 N.Y.C. Children in Special Education

Parents and educators have embarked on a desperate scramble to avoid dire academic outcomes for some of the city’s most vulnerable students.

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