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A teaching moment for disability bullying

Thursday, February 17, 2011The CBS Evening News ran a powerful story Monday evening about the bullying of a 13-year-old boy with juvenile arthritis. After being diagnosed, the boy was mocked repeatedly for his limp. Others students called him names, such as “chicken legs,”…

Judge rejects city disaster preparedness plan

Tuesday, February 15, 2011A district court, in a first of its kind opinion, ruled February 10 that the city of Los Angeles is discriminating against people with disabilities by failing to accommodate them in its emergency preparedness plans. “(People with disabilities) will…

Trustee for people with disabilities stole $625,000

Monday, February 14, 2011The business manager of a former Seattle nonprofit faces up to five years in prison for stealing money from people with disabilities. Charles P. Allen ran day to day operations at People Helping People of King County, a Burien-based nonprofit…

Settlement filed in Illinois Olmstead case

Monday, February 14, 2011A five and a half year legal battle regarding Illinois’ system for transferring people with disabilities from institutional to community settings may be coming to a climax. On January 11, Equip for Equality announced a settlement with state officials, filed…

Veteran’s mental health report recognized

Thursday, February 10, 2011The Academy Health Board of Directors honored Invisible Wounds of War, an extensive study by the RAND Corporation into the conditions of returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, with its 2011 Health Services Research Impact Award on February 9. From…

Suspension rates soar for student with disabilities in NYC

Thursday, February 3, 2011Special education students were four times more likely to be suspended than general education students in the nation’s largest school district, according to a new report released Jan. 27. Despite accounting for just 18 percent of the student population in…

9th Circuit upholds testing accommodations

Thursday, February 3, 2011The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled Jan. 4 in favor of a legally blind UCLA School of Law graduate seeking to use computer-assisted programs to ensure she could pass a test required to practice law…

European Union working on new disability plan

Tuesday, February 1, 2011The European Commission unveiled in November a 10-year strategy for breaking down barriers for people with disabilities. According to a European Commission news release, the strategy includes plans to open and standardize the European market for assistive technologies. It…

Supermarket to pay millions in discrimination case

Wednesday, January 26, 2011Supervalu Inc. will pay $3.2 million to 110 individuals illegally fired from stores in its Chicago-based Jewel-Osco supermarket chain in one of the largest employment discrimination cases ever under the Americans with Disabilities Act. From 2003 to 2009, the supermarket…

Dialysis in South Africa receives scrutiny

Wednesday, January 26, 2011South Africa has recently received international attention for discrimination in its system for rationing life saving dialysis treatment. For people with disabilities, hope of receiving dialysis treatment is almost nonexistent. In South Africa, fewer than one in five people needing…

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