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Emma Broyles, Miss Alaska, has become the first titleholder from her state to win Miss America.

Her victory arrived at the 100th anniversary pageant last month, as Miss America celebrated its 1921 birth in Atlantic City — in Connecticut.

It was the big day: the day the real instruments would arrive.

Max Fay, 22, who has Down syndrome and autism, had spent months — along with his special education classmates at Annandale High School in Fairfax County Public Schools — prepping for this moment. The students, all of whom have learning disabilities that earn them Category B or “severely disabled” status, had first learned the basics of rhythm under the tutelage of music teacher Annie Ray.

Theresa Whitlock-Wild has had many nights of sleep interrupted by her husband, Matthew. It’s not his fault.

Unlike most people, Matthew Wild doesn’t have the ability to change positions or adjust the blankets easily if he gets uncomfortable in bed. That’s because he suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressive nervous system disease that causes loss of muscle control by destroying nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain.

Back in the spring, Jessica Heavner was feeling anxious. She had a new accounting job with the Federal Way school district and three kids she loved, but she didn’t love the math it took to combine those things. The problem was child care and how to pay for it. Would the larger paycheck from the new job knock her out of eligibility for Washington state assistance with child care costs?

Samantha Hedrick worries more about car crashes than she used to. In August, her 4-year-old daughter, Lainie Hedrick, was diagnosed with autism and receptive language disorder. Lainie is just learning how to speak. “My biggest fear has always been if we were to get in an accident and if I was unconscious or unresponsive, she can’t tell (first responders) she is autistic or has major sensory disorders,” Hedrick said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is telling its members to push kids with disabilities to take part in activities that align with their likes and abilities.

More than 25 million Americans have self-reported travel-limiting disabilities, according to the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Money included in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden last month aims to make public transportation more accessible to them.

321 Coffee — a cafe and roaster that exclusively hires people with intellectual and developmental disabilities — is launching an expanded partnership with Pendo to service the software company’s new in-office coffee bar when it opens in early 2022.

One in 44 (2.3%) 8-year-old children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder according to an analysis of 2018 data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summaries. This is higher than the previous estimate published in March 2020, which found a prevalence of 1 in 54 (1.9%) 8-year-old children. The 2018 data come from 11 communities in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) network.

Steve Orfield thinks a building design tailored to autistic kids might be good for everyone.