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“Health Law as Disability Rights Law”

Sunday, November 11, 2012A recent paper by Jessica Roberts of the University of Houston Law Center argues that the creation of the Affordable Care Act – and the instrumental role played by disability rights groups in its passage – may have signaled a…

Texas city settles in long-running sidewalk accessibility lawsuit

Monday, October 29, 2012The city council of Arlington, Texas approved a settlement October 16 with a class of people with disabilities whom sued the city over its failure to provide accessible sidewalks, in a case that was appealed all the way to the…

Right to bear arms and mental illness

Sunday, September 30, 2012In a new journal article, Frederick Vars, a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law, questions the rationale regarding modern gun restrictions on people with mental illnesses, amid the Supreme Court’s recent expansion of Second Amendment rights.…

Circuit court rules against United Airlines in reasonable accommodation case

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Ruling Against United Airlines
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled September 7 that United Airlines must reassign employees, whose disability prevents them from continuing their previous job, to new positions as a reasonable accommodation under the…

Journal article examines the implications of the Supreme Court’s Medicaid decision

Sunday, August 26, 2012Lost in much of the discussion surrounding the Supreme Court’s surprise decision to uphold the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, the most publicized provision of the Obama health care bill, was the Supreme Court’s decision to allow states…

Intersex condition and disability

Monday, June 25, 2012A new paper from Julie Greenberg of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Deigo argues that disability law is a potential avenue for protecting people with an intersex condition from unnecessary medical procedures. “People with an intersex condition…

Charter schools and federal disability law

Monday, June 11, 2012A new paper from Robert A. Garda Jr., a professor at Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, calls for stricter oversight of federal disability laws in regard to the admissions policies at charter schools, many of whom contain…

Forced sterilization of persons with disabilities in Washington state

Sunday, May 13, 2012 A crime against motherhood”:  A Mother’s Day op-ed in the L.A. Times written by the daughter of a Washington State University Librarian who was involuntarily sterilized immediately after she gave birth to her first baby in 1972 because…

Restraint and Seclusion bill back in the Senate

Wednesday, December 28, 2011Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced the “Keeping All Students Safe Act” on December 16, the latest Congressional attempt to restrict restraint and seclusion methods of controlling children with disabilities in schools nationwide.
U.S. Senator Tom Harkin
“Every child…

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