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Justice Department joins NYC taxi accessibility lawsuit

Sunday, October 16, 2011In a surprise move, the U.S. Justice Department filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of disability advocacy groups who are arguing that New York City is discriminating against people with disabilities by failing to make new taxis…

CLASS Act dead

Sunday, October 16, 2011The Obama health care bill’s key insurance program for long-term care has been dropped, after a 19-month study by the administration concluded it was unable to create a fiscally solvent program within the parameters of the law.
White House: CLASS …

Subminimum wage back in Congress

Sunday, October 9, 2011Two congressmen introduced a bill October 4 to end subminimum wages for people with disabilities.
Equal Opportunity
The proposal would phase out the practice over three years. “Ensuring that Americans with disabilities receive equal pay for equal work is more…

Taco Bell restaurants found inaccessible

Sunday, October 9, 2011Many of Taco Bell’s 220 stores in California are inaccessible to wheelchair users, the U.S. District Court for the District of Court of North California ruled Wednesday.
Taco Bell Restaurants
In the upcoming months, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton will…

High court hears California Medicaid reimbursements case

Sunday, October 9, 2011The likely review of certain aspects of the Obama health care bill may not be the U.S. Supreme Court’s only decision this term with potential to transform the American health care landscape.
U.S. Supreme Court News
On October 3, the…

Autism Act reauthorized

Saturday, October 1, 2011With President Barack Obama’s signature Friday, the Combatting Autism Act is extended for another three years. The reauthorization allocates more than $200 million annually during that span for extensive autism research, as well as prevalence tracking, education, early identification and…

Neuroscience and the law meet in new dual-degree program

Monday, September 26, 2011
Justice for Juveniles?
As scientists continue to rapidly expand our knowledge of brain activity, neuroscience is transforming the role of mental activity in the courtroom. In regard to juvenile defenders, for example, a consensus has formed among neuroscientists in recent…

9th Circuit takes broad reading of mental health parity law

Tuesday, September 6, 2011Reversing a trial court decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled August 26 that Blue Shield of California must cover treatment for all “medically necessary treatments” relating to mental disabilities on par with physical disabilities under…

“The beginning of a revolution” for mental disability law

Wednesday, August 24, 2011Renowned New York Law professor Michael Perlin has released a new paper in the 2011 edition of the Law and Psychology Review reflecting on the impact of the Supreme Court’s 1972 Wyatt v. Stickney decision upholding the constitutional rights to…

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