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Private school network to pay $215,000 in discrimination suit

Tuesday, January 25, 2011Nobel Learning Communities Inc., which operates a network of more than 180 private schools in 15 states nationwide, reached a settlement with the Justice Department after being investigated for discriminating against children with disabilities. Under the terms of the settlement,…

Brief filed in capital punishment case

Monday, January 24, 2011Disability Rights Washington has filed an amicus brief in support of Cecil Davis’s appeal of his death penalty sentence. The appeal to the Washington State Supreme Court is scheduled for February 10, 2011. The record shows that Davis has multiple…

iPad featured in role as an assistive technology

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Take Our Poll Apple’s iPad has recently received attention for its disability-friendly features. Disability Scoop recently featured Apple’s iPad, and the increasing mainstream popularity of other mobile devices with potential as assistive technologies, as one of it’s five top disability…

Federal affordable housing program expanded

Thursday, January 6, 2011President Barack Obama signed into law Jan. 4 two bills that aim to expand housing opportunities for low-income people with disabilities. Each year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development builds 800 to 1,000 housing units nationwide for low-income individuals…

Assault rates remain high for people with disabilities

Friday, December 31, 2010A December report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that people with disabilities were twice as likely to be subjected to violent crime in 2008 as other American citizens. According to the report, titled Crime Against People with…

Restraint and seclusion rampant in schools

Thursday, December 30, 2010Connecticut schools used restraint and seclusion procedures against students with disabilities more than 18,000 times in 2009, according to an article by the online journalism outfit Connecticut Health Investigative Team. The data came through a Freedom of Information Act request…

Judge rules in favor of representation for individuals with disabilities in deportation hearings

Friday, December 24, 2010Jose Antonio Franco-Gonzalez’s mental disabilities prevented him from learning to speak until he was age six or seven. He doesn’t know his birthday and is unable to recognize numbers or tell time. The son of lawful U.S. citizens, he also…

Medicaid program caps questioned in Florida

Thursday, December 23, 2010Florida fails to provide community based services for Medicaid-eligible individuals with spinal cord injuries at risk of institutionalization, according to a lawsuit filed in August in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Under Florida law, the…

ABA opposes Barney Frank bill

Tuesday, August 10, 2010The American Bar Association House of Delegates passed a resolution August 10 opposing a bill from U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) restricting the rights of federal Protection and Advocacy groups to file class action lawsuits. “The American Bar Association opposes…

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