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Hulu reaches closed captioning settlement

Friday, September 23, 2016

One of the nation’s largest subscription video on-demand services will soon make all of its full-length English and Spanish content fully accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hulu announced the agreement September 6 with the National Association of the Deaf, which was represented in the negotiations by the Disability Rights Education

Florida vacates Freddie Lee Hall’s death penalty sentence

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court ruled September 8 that Freddie Lee Hall is not eligible for the death penalty, concluding a long running saga that led to the Supreme Court redefining the bounds of the constitutionality of the death penalty against people with intellectual disabilities. “We are pleased to see justice finally being served. Our hope

Report cites progress combating use of solitary confinement on inmates with mental illness

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project released an extensive new report, “Locked Up and Locked Down: Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness,” on September 8, documenting the disproportionate and harmful impacts of the use of solitary confinement on inmates with mental illness, as well as efforts by protection and advocacy agencies

(Video) MIT lab creates accessible fashion every summer

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Almost everyone has experience with mainstream clothing that does not always fit the needs of each individual. For people with disabilities, this divergence between what’s needed and what’s available can be even more pronounced. Open Style Lab works to explore solutions to this issue by developing accessible clothing for individuals with disabilities whose needs are

Mother convicted of killing daughter released on bond after 72 days

Monday, September 19, 2016

An Illinois appeals court, in an unusual move, allowed a mother recently convicted of killing her adopted daughter with cerebral palsy to leave jail on bond after 72 days, while it reviews her four-year sentence. On May 27, 2015, Bonnie Liltz, 56, delivered a fatal dose of prescription drugs into her 28-year-old daughter’s feeding tube.

SCORE jail, DRW collaboratively improve conditions and services for inmates with mental illness

Thursday, September 15, 2016

South Correctional Entity (SCORE), a multi-jurisdictional jail located in Des Moines, WA, has worked collaboratively with the AVID Jail Project of Disability Rights Washington since January 2015 to make swift and significant changes to improve conditions for inmates with mental illness. These changes are the result of a cooperative effort by the AVID Jail Project,

Employer to pay $165,000 to settle associational disability bias claim

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Mexico Orthopaedics Associates, P.C. will pay $165,0000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that it discriminated against an employee on the basis that she is the mother of  a now three-year-old child with disabilities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced September 1. “The ADA specifically prohibits discrimination against mothers, fathers, caregivers, family members or others