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Knowledge is Power When Advocating for Disability Rights

Wednesday, April 26, 2017Traveling is a stressful process for anyone; but after navigating the city of Las Vegas upon flying in, I hoped to have a little time to unwind. I was relaxing to the sound of my guide dog, Jason, lapping up…

Court blocks Indiana abortion, disability law

Monday, August 8, 2016A federal court issued a preliminary injunction June 30, temporarily blocking a new Indiana law that would ban abortions based on “a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down Syndrome or any other disability.” “(Planned Parenthood Indiana and…

Supreme Court expands due process rights for death row inmates with disabilities

Monday, June 29, 2015
Due Process Rights Expanded
In a split 5-4 decision [PDF], the Supreme Court ruled June 18 that the state of Louisiana violated federal law when it refused to provide a death row inmate a hearing to present evidence of…

CA Court: Supervisor-induced stress is not a disability

Monday, June 15, 2015
California Court Rules on Employment Case
A California appeals court ruled May 26 that stress and anxiety caused by a particular supervisor does not entitle an individual to protection under disability discrimination law, even under California’s uniquely broad framework. “The…

Lawsuit accuses school district of failing to accommodate students impacted by trauma

Monday, June 15, 2015
Test Case for Victims of Trauma
In a first-of-its kind lawsuit, Public Counsel and Irell & Manella LLP accused the Compton Unified School District on May 18 of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by discriminating against trauma-impacted students. “To…

Supreme Court rules that employers must accommodate pregnant employees

Monday, April 6, 2015
Pregnancy Discrimination Act Case
Although pregnancy is not a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on March 25 that federal law requires employers, in certain situations, to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant women, similar…

Supreme Court rules against Medicaid providers

Friday, April 3, 2015
News from the U.S. Supreme Court
The Supremacy Clause bars private citizens from suing states over Medicaid reimbursement rates, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision handed down March 31. As a result, Medicaid providers seeking to force states…

Journal article calls for a new Asian tribunal to enforce disability treaty

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
U.N. Treaty
Famed New York Law Professor Michael Perlin recently published a new journal article outlining the contours of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as arguing for why the creation of a…

Supreme Court declines to hear group home ordinance case

Thursday, November 13, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court announced November 3 that it is denying certiorari to an appeal from the town of Newport Beach regarding a recent appellate court decision finding that a 2008 ordinance may have illegally discriminated against people…

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