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Vogue Brasil features able-bodied actors photoshopped to look like Paralympians

Tuesday, September 6, 2016Vogue Brasil drew backlash recently by featuring two soap opera stars who had been digitally edited to look like they had amputations. The actors, Cleo Pires and Paulo Vilhena, were intended to resemble two specific Brazilian Paralympic athletes –…

Baltimore police report spotlights disability rights violations

Monday, September 5, 2016The Baltimore Police Department systematically violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the civil rights of people with disabilities, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declared in a 164-page report released August 11. Launched in response to the protests

Rio struggles with Olympic budget; puts Paralympics in crisis

Thursday, September 1, 2016Despite the recent exciting Olympic season, many are expressing fear for the success of the upcoming Paralympics, which are scheduled to begin September 7th. The Paralympic Games are currently facing a slew of issues, including low ticket sales, a lack…

Settlement reached in Colorado competency evaluations lawsuit

Thursday, September 1, 2016Disability Law Colorado and the Colorado Department of Human Services announced a settlement in a federal lawsuit August 12, which accused the state of unconstitutionally long delays in its process for facilitating competency evaluations for people faced with criminal charges.…

DOJ files Olmstead lawsuit against Mississippi

Wednesday, August 31, 2016The Department of Justice sued the state of Mississippi on August 11, accusing it of “unnecessarily and illegally” institutionalizing hundreds of people with mental illness daily in its state hospitals. “When individuals with mental illness receive the services they…

New regulations seek to clarify ADA’s scope

Wednesday, August 31, 2016The Department of Justice published new regulations August 11, implementing a 2008 law that sought to counter a series of Supreme Court decisions that had narrowed the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “This final rule clarifies Congress’s original…

DOL revokes West Virginia nonprofit’s subminimum wage certificate

Tuesday, August 30, 2016A West Virginia nonprofit will no longer be allowed to pay certain workers with disabilities salaries below the $7.25 federal minimum wage, the Department of Labor announced August 11. The Buckhannon-Upshur Work Adjustment Center previously was the holder of a…

Brendan Dassey conviction overturned

Monday, August 29, 2016A judge overturned the murder conviction of a man with intellectual disabilities on August 12 who was the subject of a high-profile documentary spotlighting the role of disability in confessions in the criminal justice system. “This must be a bittersweet…

San Bernardino County reaches agreement to improve youth disability services

Friday, August 26, 2016The Department of Education announced a resolution agreement [PDF] August 5 with the nation’s largest county to overhaul its services for students with disabilities in its county’s juvenile jails and alternative schools. “We found in the investigation that in fact…

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