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Lawsuit filed against Vermont Adult Protective Services

Sunday, December 25, 2011Disability Rights Vermont and the Vermont Legal Aid filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont on December 14, charging that the state is failing to adequately protect people with disabilities from abuse and exploitation. “(Disability Rights Vermont) has been…

The Lessard decision forty years later

Thursday, December 15, 2011In a recent special report, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel took a look at developments since the Supreme Court’s Schmidt v. Lessard case, a seminal decision that rewrote the standards for when a person can be committed to a mental…

Legislators call for increased oversight amid Philly abuse case

Saturday, November 26, 2011A group of Republicans are calling on the Government Accountability Office to improve oversight of the Social Security Administration disability programs, following reports of a horrific abuse case in Philadelphia where a payee for people with disabilities allegedly stole their…

11th Circuit upholds strict standard for proving disability in capital case

Saturday, November 26, 2011A Georgia statute requiring defendants to prove they have a mental disability “beyond a reasonable doubt” to become ineligible for the death penalty does not violate the 8th Amendment’s prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment,” according to a U.S. Court…

Groups push to avoid CLASS Act repeal

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
News from Washington DC
More than 50 disability advocacy groups, including the National Disability Rights Network, sent a letter to congressional leaders Wednesday calling for Congress to avoid repealing the CLASS Act, despite the legislation’s uncertain future. The CLASS…

Does copyright trump captioning law?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Copyright v. Closed Captioning
Public Knowledge, a digital rights advocacy group, defends the importance of disability law in a recent column on its policy blog amid the creation of new technology accessibility regulations following the passage of the 21st…

“Buck v. Bell” in context

Tuesday, November 8, 2011A new journal article by Pepperdine University’s Edward Larson, the 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner in history, explores the historical background of the Supreme Court’s notorious 1927 Buck v. Bell decision, arguing that the ruling made sense amid the popular…

HUD sues college for not letting student use therapy animal

Monday, October 24, 2011The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a lawsuit against the University of Nebraska at Kearney on October 11 for refusing to allow a student to keep a dog in her university-owned apartment to support her with her…

Citizens involved in parking violation crackdown

Sunday, October 23, 2011The city of Austin, Texas is taking a new approach to the never-ending problem of people with disabilities being cheated out of  parking spots designated for their use.
Parking Violation Crackdowns
Under a resolution introduced in the Austin City Council…

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