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Lawsuit challenges planned North Carolina budget changes

Thursday, December 23, 2010DisAbility Rights of North Carolina is seeking to block North Carolina from making major cuts to its community-based services. The lawsuit is on behalf of two individuals whom would be forced to live in institutional settings after living in regular…

DOJ looking into Utah’s system for providing home care

Thursday, December 23, 2010The Department of Justice recently confirmed it is investigating Utah’s system for providing home and community based medical services, as well as a policy requiring individuals with disabilities to spend 90 days in a nursing home prior to receiving these…

California Protection and Advocacy takes on Sacramento plan for people with disabilities

Thursday, December 23, 2010DisAbility Rights California filed a class action lawsuit against Sacramento County in May, protesting a plan to chop programs that provide services to an estimated 5,000 people with mental illnesses. The county’s plan, originally planned to go into effect July…

State meeting funding obligations for special education, Court says

Wednesday, December 22, 2010The Washington State Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling in an 8-1 decision Dec. 9 that the state is meeting its constitutional obligations in regards to its funding of special education programs. The School District’s Alliance for Adequate Funding…

TBI Council pushes new bill in Washington’s capitol

Thursday, December 16, 2010The state Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council testified in front of the House Human Services Committee in Olympia on December 10, regarding the council’s efforts to provide resources and support for the tens of thousands of Washington State…

Canadian lawyers highlight Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder issues

Friday, December 10, 2010The Canadian Bar Association recently passed a resolution recognizing access to justice issues for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the Canadian criminal justice system. The resolution called for more education on the disorder’s peculiarities, modified criminal prosecutions and…

Chinese mental care remains nonexistent

Tuesday, November 30, 2010The New York Times recently spotlighted China’s system for providing services for people with mental disabilities, including the lack of available medical treatment and cultural attitudes stagnating the expansion of widespread mental health treatment. During his authoritarian reign, Mao Zedong…

ABA opposes Barney Frank bill

Tuesday, August 10, 2010The American Bar Association House of Delegates passed a resolution August 10 opposing a bill from U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) restricting the rights of federal Protection and Advocacy groups to file class action lawsuits. “The American Bar Association opposes…

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