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House passes disability special needs trusts measure

Friday, October 7, 2016By a vote of 383-22 on September 20, the House of Representatives approved a new bill that allows people with disabilities to set up their own special needs trusts. “The Special Needs Trust Fairness and Medicaid Improvement Act corrects a…

Supreme Court to hear Endrew special education case

Wednesday, October 5, 2016The Supreme Court announced September 29 that it will review a case that could redefine the level of education that schools must legally provide to comply with federal special education law. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, passed in 1975,…

ABLE Act modifications advance in the Senate

Monday, October 3, 2016The US Senate may soon hear two new bills that seek to build on a 2014 law that aims to make people with disabilities more economically self-sufficient. Under the ABLE Act, signed by President Obama in December 2014, people with…

Hulu reaches closed captioning settlement

Friday, September 23, 2016One of the nation’s largest subscription video on-demand services will soon make all of its full-length English and Spanish content fully accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hulu announced the agreement September 6 with the National

Report cites progress combating use of solitary confinement on inmates with mental illness

Wednesday, September 21, 2016The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project released an extensive new report, “Locked Up and Locked Down: Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness,” on September 8, documenting the disproportionate and harmful impacts of the use…

DOL releases final subminimum wage rules

Friday, September 9, 2016The Department of Labor has released new regulations, clarifying the obligations of government agencies and businesses with 14(c) certificates to workers with disabilities being paid subminimum wages. Section 14(c) refers to the provision of the New Deal-era Fair Labor Standards…

Advocates criticize proposed SSA administrative rules

Wednesday, September 7, 2016Sixteen disability rights groups, including the National Disability Rights Network, submitted comments to the Social Security Administration on August 26, pushing back against proposed changes to the procedural rules for Social Security disability benefits. Under the proposed regulations,…

New regulations seek to clarify ADA’s scope

Wednesday, August 31, 2016The Department of Justice published new regulations August 11, implementing a 2008 law that sought to counter a series of Supreme Court decisions that had narrowed the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “This final rule clarifies Congress’s original…

Senate passes bill to protect against wandering

Thursday, August 25, 2016The U.S. Senate unanimously voted July 14 in favor of a measure to fund tracking devices for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are prone to wandering. Kevin and Avonte’s Law, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) and Chuck…

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