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Immigration proceeding unfair for individuals with mental illnesses

Tuesday, April 26, 2011A recent New England Law Review paper scrutinizes the legal system’s failure to provide due process rights for individuals with disabilities in immigration proceedings. About 84 percent of individuals do not receive counsel in immigration proceedings, a figure that is…

Decades old Agent Orange case dismissed

Friday, April 22, 2011
Chemical Warfare Mask
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has dismissed a lawsuit originally filed by five Vietnam War veterans in 1979. In 1978, the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs dismissed the veterans’ disability claims relating to…

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…

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…

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…

Major changes to the ADA

Tuesday, March 29, 2011A variety of new Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, affecting everything from service animals to accessible design standards, went into effect March 15. The regulations require, for the first time, accessibility standards for swimming pools, parks, golf courses, boating…

Bus company fined for failing passenger accessibility standards

Thursday, March 10, 2011The Department of Justice fined a Houston bus company $55,000 for lacking services to ensure access for people with disabilities. The company must upgrade by July 2011 or its operating authority will be stripped, the Department of Justice and Transportation…

Bill proposed mandating automatic doors

Wednesday, March 9, 2011Two Connecticut congressmen have proposed a resolution recommending that the U.S. Postal Service and all other federal facilities install automatic doors so they provide equal access to people with disabilities. A recent report commissioned by the Access Board, an independent…

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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