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Settlement creates new safeguards for prison detainees

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Louisiana
A New Orleans court mandated April 13 that the state of Louisiana improve care for people with mental illnesses in its state prison. The consent decree requires that the state provide inpatient treatment within 30 days for individuals unable…

Advocacy group launches accessibility campaign

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 
Washington DC
A Washington DC based disability rights group has launched a new interactive forum for educating people on disability accessibility, titled “what is WRONG with these pictures?” The game asks users to identify physical barriers in real life…

Controversy surrounds New Hampshire’s mental health system

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
New Hampshire
The Department of Justice has completed an investigation of New Hampshire’s mental health system, sending a letter to the state attorney general April 7 charging the state with failing to provide reasonable accommodations for people with mental illnesses…

Rehabilitation center under investigation

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 A Washington State Department of Social and Health Services audit announced April 7 that almost $305,000 has been stolen from a rehabilitation center for people with developmental disabilities in Bremerton, Washington. The figure is the first announcement regarding the scope…

People with autism facing employment challenges

Tuesday, April 12, 2011Parade Magazine featured a 20-year-old woman with autism April 3, highlighting the challenges of integrating people with autism into the workforce. Dana Eisman, grew up attending a private school for special needs students. Despite having many similar characteristics of other…

Restraint and seclusion bill reintroduced

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Capitol Building in Washington DC
Rep. George Miller (D-CA) reintroduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 6 mandating the first federal limits on methods that school administrators can use to prevent students with disabilities from endangering…

Lawsuit filed challenging Florida’s waiting list

Thursday, March 31, 2011Disability Rights Florida filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Florida on March 23 on behalf of 19,000 people with developmental disabilities awaiting services from the state’s Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Services program, some for more than half…

Religious freedom meets disability rights

Wednesday, March 30, 2011The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case March 28 questioning whether disability workplace discrimination laws pertain to teachers at religious schools. At question is the “ministerial exception” of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which excludes government involvement in…

British debate disability benefits

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Let Them Eat Wedding Cake
As Britain’s new coalition government continues to push far-reaching budget cuts during its first year in office, reductions to disability programs, potentially affecting more than a million individuals, remain in the spotlight. In October, Prime…

New guidelines expand definition of disability

Tuesday, March 29, 2011The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced new regulations March 24 making it easier for individuals to claim disability status and workplace protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the new guidelines, which apply to companies with 15 or…

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