Latest blog posts

Videos

The Invisible Disability Project is making it easier to call out ableism

Wednesday, September 28, 2016Do you ever find yourself explaining ‘ableism’ to a friend or colleague for what feels like the hundredth time? Every individual should be familiar with the term, yet unfortunately people with disabilities are often tasked with the burden of repeatedly…

Circuit court casts doubt on mental illness, firearm prohibition

Wednesday, September 28, 2016Clifford Tyler was briefly involuntarily committed in 1985, following a bout of severe depression arising from an emotional divorce from a marriage of 23 years. In 2011, Tyler attempted to purchase a gun. Despite having no subsequent diagnosis or documented…

Lawsuit alleges cruel and unusual punishment at Montana State Hospital

Tuesday, September 27, 2016Ryan Bragg is a 21-year-old man with mental illness who is civilly committed at Montana State Hospital. Frustrated by the lack of running water in his room, Bragg broke off the fire sprinkler from the ceiling on June 16, partially…

MBTA to subsidize ride-sharing for people with disabilities

Monday, September 26, 2016Uber and Lyft will soon receive subsidies from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency to expand their services to riders with disabilities, under a one-year pilot project announced September 16. “We want to meet the needs of our customers to…

Hulu reaches closed captioning settlement

Friday, September 23, 2016One of the nation’s largest subscription video on-demand services will soon make all of its full-length English and Spanish content fully accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hulu announced the agreement September 6 with the National

Florida vacates Freddie Lee Hall’s death penalty sentence

Thursday, September 22, 2016The Florida Supreme Court ruled September 8 that Freddie Lee Hall is not eligible for the death penalty, concluding a long running saga that led to the Supreme Court redefining the bounds of the constitutionality of the death penalty against…

Report cites progress combating use of solitary confinement on inmates with mental illness

Wednesday, September 21, 2016The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project released an extensive new report, “Locked Up and Locked Down: Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness,” on September 8, documenting the disproportionate and harmful impacts of the use…

(Video) MIT lab creates accessible fashion every summer

Tuesday, September 20, 2016Almost everyone has experience with mainstream clothing that does not always fit the needs of each individual. For people with disabilities, this divergence between what’s needed and what’s available can be even more pronounced. Open Style Lab works to explore…

Mother convicted of killing daughter released on bond after 72 days

Monday, September 19, 2016An Illinois appeals court, in an unusual move, allowed a mother recently convicted of killing her adopted daughter with cerebral palsy to leave jail on bond after 72 days, while it reviews her four-year sentence. On May 27, 2015, Bonnie…

SCORE jail, DRW collaboratively improve conditions and services for inmates with mental illness

Thursday, September 15, 2016South Correctional Entity (SCORE), a multi-jurisdictional jail located in Des Moines, WA, has worked collaboratively with the AVID Jail Project of Disability Rights Washington since January 2015 to make swift and significant changes to improve conditions for inmates with mental…

Navigate through pages of results