People with disabilities can breathe a little easier as budget deal nears to a close

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The US government’s fiscal year begins in October, which means Congress has to agree on a budget that satisfies both parties or else risk a government shutdown every fall. Happily, for young people with disabilities, the 2019 budget includes an $87 million increase for special education, bringing its total funding to $12.4 billion. Along with an extra $3 million for independent living programs and $1.5 million increase for the Autism and Other Developmental Disorders program, $5 million is earmarked for a new Care Corps program intended to help public agencies and nonprofits provide non-medical care to older people and those with disabilities to help maintain their independence. 

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