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Report uncovers black sites, caged children with disabilities in Mexico City

child wrapped in bandages tied into a metal structure, head bowedDisability Rights International released an extensive report [PDF] July 22, documenting a range of abuses of children and adults with disabilities in government-run facilities across Mexico City. In one harrowing example, featured in a video from ABC News, children are isolated in rooms lined with cages and cribs. As detailed in the report, many of these children have been confined there for years, as evident by extensive atrophy in their arms and legs and failing body organs.
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CA Lawyer makes compelling case for supporting the fight for accessibility

Man in wheelchair wheels along hallwayIn a newly released video, Guy Wallace, lawyer and person with a spinal cord injury, makes a compelling case for the importance of continuing the fight for accessibility in California. Chair of Disability Rights California’s new fundraising committee, Wallace has…
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Legislation News

House passes bill to increase veterans disability benefits

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Veterans Bill Passed by House
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill July 28 that links future increases in veterans disability benefits to inflation, similar to the system for Social Security benefits. With the present system, Congress must approve…
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Litigation News

DOJ, Carnival Corp. reach settlement to improve cruise ship accessibility

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Carnival Corp. Commits to Improving Accessibility
In a first-of-its-kind agreement, the world’s largest cruise company has agreed to make three percent of its cabins fully accessible, as well as make other accommodations. The Department of Justice and Carnival Corp.,
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Feds warn of impending SSDI shortfall

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SSA Board Calls on Congress to Take Funding Action
The Social Security Administration’s Board of Trustees released its annual report [PDF] July 20, calling on Congress to take swift action, or risk cutting disability benefits by nearly 20 percent in…
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