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Obama Administration proposes new firearm restrictions for Social Security disability beneficiaries

Monday, May 16, 2016
Gun control proposal
The Obama Administration released a draft proposal on April 28 of a controversial new initiative to expand the Social Security Administration’s obligations for reporting people with disabilities to the federal firearm database. The Gun Control Act of…

NCD calls for accessible dollar bills

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
US Paper Money Still Violates ADA
In a letter issued to the United States Department of the Treasury on April 28, the National Council on Disability demanded that the agency move forward on long-promised reforms to make the dollar bill…

Settlement requires Uber to eradicate discrimination against blind riders who use service animals

Monday, May 9, 2016
Uber to stop discriminating against people who use service animals.
Uber Technologies, Inc. will take new steps to ensure its drivers do not discriminate against customers who are blind or have visual disabilities that require the assistance of service animals,…

Judge rejects Disney discrimination lawsuit

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Court rules Disney did not discriminate
A federal court ruled April 28 that Disney did not discriminate against people with disabilities in October 2013 when it changed its line policy for people with disabilities at its theme parks. Previously, certain…

FDA proposes ban on skin-shock therapy

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
FDA Bans Aversive Therapy
The Food and Drug Administration issued new regulations April 22 that would ban the use of “electrical stimulation devices” as a tool to prevent people with disabilities from engaging in self-injurious and aggressive behaviors. “Our primary…

Avonte’s Law moves forward

Friday, April 29, 2016
Tracking device bill moves to Senate floor
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-5 on April 14 to move a bill to the full Senate floor that would create a permanent federal funding source for tracking devices for people with autism…

More than a hundred disability rights protesters arrested in Washington D.C.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Sen. Charles Schumer meets with ADAPT protestors
Disability rights activists stormed the nation’s capital last week, demanding that the federal government do more to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities. “I was in a nursing home and I have too many brothers…

Bill seeks to expand Second Amendment due process protections for Social Security disability recipients, veterans

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Protecting Gun Rights and Due Process Act introduced
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced new legislation April 14 to block a controversial Obama Administration proposal to impose new firearm restrictions on recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income,…

Bill introduced to exempt taxes on discharged debt from disability, student loan forgiveness program

Monday, April 25, 2016
Bill to make student loan forgiveness program tax free
Two days after the Obama Administration announced comprehensive reforms to the federal student loan forgiveness program for people with severe disabilities, a bipartisan group of senators is pushing for additional changes

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