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It was a hot day at the zoo when Jordan Carlson's son, who has motor-planning delays, got thirsty. "We went to the snack bar and found out they had a 'no straw' policy," Carlson says. "It was a hot day and he couldn't drink."

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Federal law requires students with disabilities to spend as much time as possible in general education classrooms, but a study from Ohio State University has found that’s not happening in Ohio, or the rest of the country.

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Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order on Friday that will emphasize the use of technology to assist Ohioans with disabilities when the state evaluates their needs. 

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Jeremy Petrovich sits in a wheelchair at the base of a 44-foot wall. He slowly slips on black and green climbing shoes and pats chalk dust onto his hands.

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Disability Rights Ohio released a report this week calling attention to Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry's violations of treatment standards and patient safety – including allegations of physical and sexual abuse.

Being a medical student or resident is hard enough, but what if you have a disability that adds to the challenge?

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An Ohio State University survey shows that sexual assault of female students is more prevalent for students with disabilities than those without. The sexual misconduct survey taken last year mirrors some of the results of a recent national survey on college campuses.

Blind and visually impaired students from around Ohio are in Cincinnati Friday competing to see how well they know braille.

Sexual Assault of People With Intellectual Disabilites

Jan 11, 2018
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People with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than people without disabilities.

Coming up, we'll hear from a reporter who has covered these assaults in a special NPR series called Abused and Betrayed, and how local advocacy groups are combating them. 

Editor's note: This report includes graphic and disturbing descriptions of sexual assault.

The victim couldn't tell anyone what happened that night. She was a woman with an intellectual disability who doesn't speak words. So the alleged rape was discovered, according to the police report, only by accident — when a staff worker said she walked into the woman's room and saw her boss with his pants down.

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A proposal geared towards streamlining services for people with disabilities is on its way to the Ohio House. The idea is to take several state agencies and consolidate into one entity.

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There were a lot of cuts in this new state budget, largely because tax revenues were off nearly $850 million dollars for the last fiscal year. There’s one budget cut that’s small, but some worry it could have a huge impact on people who really need that money.

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The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council released a study that showed more than half of respondents felt they couldn't be more active in the community until transportation services were improved.

This Wednesday marks the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The federal law mandates equal access, and prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities nationwide.

Advocate Linda Wetters is former assistant director of the state agency Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, previously known as the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission.  

All this month, WYSO is bringing you stories of Ohioans living with disabilities. It’s a series we’re calling Just Ask: Talking About Disability. In an effort to better understand the issue of disabilities in Ohio, we collaborated with researchers from the National Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University, who analyzed statistics from the 2015 five-year American Community Survey.

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