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Bill proposed mandating automatic doors

Wednesday, March 9, 2011Two Connecticut congressmen have proposed a resolution recommending that the U.S. Postal Service and all other federal facilities install automatic doors so they provide equal access to people with disabilities. A recent report commissioned by the Access Board, an independent…

Judge halts South Carolina home care cuts

Wednesday, March 9, 2011A South Carolina judge granted a preliminary injunction March 7 against recent Medicaid benefit cuts that could lead to cases of unnecessary institutionalization. In January 2010, South Carolina adopted a measure capping at 28 the maximum number of hours per…

Disability commission creates new communication avenue

Wednesday, March 9, 2011The recently formed Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities has created a listserv to foster communication between the public and commission members about news, events and issues regarding disability rights. The 14-member commission was created in May 2010 to “promote…

NDRN announces two community monitoring contracts

Wednesday, March 9, 2011Disability Rights North Carolina and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program will receive $42,500 from the National Disability Rights Network to monitor and advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities transferring from institutional to community settings. The announcement comes less than…

DSHS benefits cuts halted

Wednesday, March 9, 2011A district court granted a preliminary injunction on February 28 against the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services rule that would have cut welfare benefits for thousands of low-income families with children with disabilities. The cost-cutting measure rule,…

Article highlights gaps in TBI coverage

Thursday, March 3, 2011A front-page USA Today article, titled “For brain injuries, a treatment gap,” from March 1 provides an extensive overview of issues that individuals encounter with their insurance plans when attempting to rehabilitate from traumatic brain injuries. While most insurance…

Choose to Include pledge takes off

Tuesday, March 1, 2011In celebration of National Disability Awareness Month, Inclusion Werks has launched a Choose to Include pledge to build communities of inclusion. Inclusion Werks has also created an “I Choose to Include” sticker that it hopes individuals wear to foster discussions…

Friday deadline for submitting personal testimonies

Tuesday, March 1, 2011The deadline to submit testimonies to the Administration on Developmental Disabilities has been extended to Friday, March 4. The testimonies, which can include everything from short position statements to long research papers, are part of the administration’s “Envisioning the

Disability rights movement loses early pioneer

Tuesday, March 1, 2011Wolf Wolfensberger, one of the disability rights movement’s most respected inclusion and anti-institutionalization theorists, died February 27 at age 76. The long time activist was known as a stirring and controversial speaker. In the 1970s, he popularized the normalization principle,…

Obama announces expansion of community living options

Thursday, February 24, 2011Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released February 22 the guidelines for states looking to receive part of a $3.7 billion fund for assisting people with disabilities transition out of institutional settings and the expansion of a current program…

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