Developmental Disabilities

Loss of autonomy: how guardianships threaten people’s rights

From Britney Spears to Wendy Williams, financial guardianships and conservatorships have entered the limelight as legal tools with the potential for abuse. These high-profile cases have led to growing calls for reform. Disability rights organizations also have long advocated for less restrictive alternatives to guardianship for people with disabilities. Guardians, in some states called conservators, impact a large swath of the population: In 2018, there were an estimated 1.3 million active guardianship or conservatorship cases nationwide, according to a National Council on Disability report.
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People with intellectual and developmental disabilities struggled with mental health during COVID lockdowns

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) struggled with their mental health during the COVID-19-induced lockdowns and subsequent restraints on community services, according to a new study published today in Psychiatric Services. Researchers evaluated nationwide survey data and found the most significant stressors were loss of access to programs and...
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What's next for employment drug screenings?

Businesses desperate for workers are wondering what could be next for drug screening policies. "I'm hearing a lot about the fear that drug testing is stopping otherwise good candidates from applying for these positions or perhaps they're leaving their jobs, because of drug test," Ruth Bowdish, managing director of On Demand Occupational Medicine.
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Nursing Home Owner At Center Of Hurricane Debacle Arrested

Bob Glynn Dean Jr., who AP reports has already lost state licenses over his handling of an evacuation during hurricane Ida, has now been arrested on fraud and cruelty charges. AP also reports that a DOJ investigation showed Maine unnecessarily institutionalizes youths with disabilities. The owner of seven Louisiana nursing...

Labor Department Cracks Down On Subminimum Wage For People With Disabilities

With new guidance and enforcement, federal officials are further clarifying their expectations for employers that pay people with disabilities less than minimum wage. Under a law dating back to the 1930s, employers can obtain special certificates from the U.S. Department of Labor allowing them to pay workers with disabilities what’s known as subminimum wage. But, with passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014, Congress established strict new limits on the arrangement.

ADHD Diagnosed Less Often in Black, Latino, Asian Children

A study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic published in the journal JAMA Network Open found racial disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) in children. The researchers observed 238,011 children born between 2006 and 2012 and found that compared with white children, Black, Asian and Latino...

Leif Hayman allegedly plotted in-law’s murder on fake hitman rental site

A New Mexico man sought out a hitman to kill his mother-in-law, imploring an undercover agent to “kill that b—h,” court documents show. Leif Everett Hayman, 32, is accused of contacting the owner of a fake website — — in mid-April to indicate he wanted someone “hurt,” according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Post. “I want her gone now,” Hayman allegedly wrote the owner of the fictitious website. “Too much that I don’t like about her … she’s controlling my wife.” A week later, Hayman used an alias to reach out a second time to the website while providing his...

Father's Day Gifts to Support Dad's Mental Health

Electronic gadgets, gift cards, and clothes are among the top gifts that dads receive on Father’s Day. Gifts range from the humorous stand-by, like a giant tie, to the exotic, like a safari adventure. The purpose of buying gifts is to celebrate dad, let him know he is appreciated, and give him something that he’ll enjoy.