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City of New York sued for lack of access to voting stations

Tuesday, January 4, 2011Disability Rights Advocates filed a lawsuit July 26 against the Board of Elections in the city of New York, charging that it discriminates against people with mobility and vision disabilities by failing to accommodate them at voting sites. “Ramps at…

Protection and advocacy stands up for voting rights

Tuesday, January 4, 2011The Advocacy Center filed a class action lawsuit June 4 against the Jefferson Parish in Louisiana for failure to provide polling sites accessible to people with disabilities, in violation of the standards for accessible design required by the Americans with…

Assault rates remain high for people with disabilities

Friday, December 31, 2010A December report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that people with disabilities were twice as likely to be subjected to violent crime in 2008 as other American citizens. According to the report, titled Crime Against People with…

Nevada teachers arrested following abuse allegations

Thursday, December 30, 2010Four teachers at an elementary school in Nye County, Nevada were arrested Nov. 23 for abusing children in special education classes. The teachers were accused of “spankings,” “flicking,” “pushing,” “slapping,” “violent shaking” and “grabbing,” according to an article in the…

Advocates and parents decry Maine DOE complaint procedure

Thursday, December 30, 2010In June, two requests were sent from parents of students with disabilities to the Maine Department of Education regarding the improper use of physical restraint in the state’s public schools. In one of the cases, a student was allegedly held…

Restraint and seclusion rampant in schools

Thursday, December 30, 2010Connecticut schools used restraint and seclusion procedures against students with disabilities more than 18,000 times in 2009, according to an article by the online journalism outfit Connecticut Health Investigative Team. The data came through a Freedom of Information Act request…

Alabama lawsuit alleges abuse in school

Thursday, December 30, 2010A second-grade teacher in Birmingham, Alabama allegedly beat a nine-year-old boy who receives special education services with a belt, according to a lawsuit filed by the boy’s mother Dec. 7. As part of the boy’s special education requirements, teachers are…

Judge rules in favor of representation for individuals with disabilities in deportation hearings

Friday, December 24, 2010Jose Antonio Franco-Gonzalez’s mental disabilities prevented him from learning to speak until he was age six or seven. He doesn’t know his birthday and is unable to recognize numbers or tell time. The son of lawful U.S. citizens, he also…

Man with disabilities wrongfully deported, files lawsuit

Friday, December 24, 2010The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and the ACLU of Georgia filed lawsuits October 13 on behalf of an individual with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses who was erroneously deported. In the summer of 2008, the individual…

Suit filed against Texas for extensive Olmstead violations

Thursday, December 23, 2010 Disability Rights Texas filed a class action lawsuit against Texas on December 20, alleging that potentially more than 4,500 people with disabilities are being unnecessarily institutionalized in the state’s nursing homes. The lawsuit describes Texas’ 13 state-owned facilities, which house…

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