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Congress passes measure expanding sick leave for veterans with disabilities

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Wounded Warriors Act awaits President’s signature
Veterans with disabilities hired by the federal government will gain immediate access to sick leave benefits, under a bill awaiting President Obama’s signature. Generally, federal employees do not have sick leave benefits until they…
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Listen to the inaugural episode of Rooted in Rights podcast interview with graphic-novelist Ellen Forney

Black and white drawing of woman just coming to terms with a mental illness diagnosis, with a listen buttonIn this inaugural episode, Seattle author Ellen Forney chats with Rooted in Rights Podcast host Emily Pate about Forney’s intensely personal graphic novel, her experiences with bipolar disorder, and the need to de-stigmatize mental illness. In Ellen’s opinion, telling peers…
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Settlement requires changes to Hollister store entrances

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Accessibility at Hollister stores
Abercrombie & Fitch will remove inaccessible entrances at nearly 100 of its trademark Hollister stores, under a settlement with disability advocates finalized in federal court September 24 [PDF]. Designed to resemble Southern California beach houses,…
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Litigation News

Settlement allows class of people with mental illness to rechallenge deportation orders

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Deportation Victory for Immigrants with Mental Illness
Hundreds of people with mental illness, whom were denied counsel in their deportation hearing, will have the opportunity to regain their legal status in the United States, under a settlement [PDF] finalized in…
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People with disabilities disproportionately harmed in California wildfires

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The Right to be Rescued
The Los Angeles Times recently published a feature September 28 highlighting the unique challenges faced by people with disabilities when escaping wildfires, such as the fires that have swarmed California during the most recent fire…
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