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San Bernardino County reaches agreement to improve youth disability services

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Department of Education announced a resolution agreement [PDF] August 5 with the nation’s largest county to overhaul its services for students with disabilities in its county’s juvenile jails and alternative schools. “We found in the investigation that in fact the county did not have an effective data tracking system to ensure that students would be

Deaf artist fights stigma through photography

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Accepting her disability has been a life-long struggle for Australian photographer Kate Disher-Quill. Born with mild to moderate hearing loss, Disher-Quill rejected her disability in her formative years, often refusing to discuss or acknowledge it. Now, she has created a photography series that aims to embrace deafness or hearing loss in all its forms, and

Senate passes bill to protect against wandering

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The U.S. Senate unanimously voted July 14 in favor of a measure to fund tracking devices for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are prone to wandering. Kevin and Avonte’s Law, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) and Chuck Grassley (R-IO) allocates $2 million in funding to the Department of Justice, to provide grants to

Disability advocates weigh in on Every Student Succeeds Act regulations

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nearly three dozen disability rights groups signed onto public comments submitted to the Department of Education on August 1, urging the DOE to maintain No Child Left Behind’s testing accountability system, while urging greater clarity in the reporting requirements and protections from certain student discipline techniques. “Through the proposed regulations, the Department has an opportunity

Disability Rights Washington lawsuit challenges state’s lack of home and community-based services

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The state of Washington is systematically violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by holding dozens of people with disabilities in “unnecessary and unjustified segregation, or placing them at risk of unnecessary and unjustified segregation,” Disability Rights Washington alleged in a federal class-action lawsuit filed August 2. “Defendants, and their agencies, the Health Care Authority (HCA)

(Video) Poet shares complex personal experience with eating disorders

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In Western societies, it’s hard for girls and women to avoid weight-related insecurity. Media, magazines, popular culture all idolize body images that are often unhealthy, and tell girls that their worth is linked to their appearance. It’s no wonder then, that many young women develop eating disorders. In the video below, poet Blythe Baird offers

Disability rights advocates: Let Washington inmates vote

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Most jails in Washington State are doing “absolutely nothing” to facilitate the means for people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote, Disability Rights Washington alleged in an extensive new report, released August 3. “People with disabilities are one of the largest voting blocks in this country, but they often face barriers to voting