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Disability advocates weigh in on prison phone-call reforms

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Accessible Telecommunications for Inmates
Two prominent disability rights organizations recently submitted public comments [PDF] to the Federal Communications Commission, calling on the agency to mandate expanded accessible telephone options for inmates. “The result of the current communication paradigm is that…

Greyhound settles with the DOJ over accessibility issues

Monday, February 15, 2016
Greyhound Reaches Agreement with DOJ
The nation’s largest intercity bus operator will pay $300,000 to a group of individuals allegedly subjected to Americans with Disabilities Act violations and appoint a claims administrator to oversee a process for compensating an “uncapped…

Federal agency releases Affordable Care Act status reports

Friday, February 12, 2016The National Council on Disability released the third of three new reports February 2, detailing the key legal safeguards for protecting the rights of people with disabilities in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. “By identifying issues for monitoring…

Disability groups oppose new wellness proposal

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Untenable Choice: Privacy v. Costly Insurance Penalties
Twice in the past year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed regulations that could force employees with disabilities to sacrifice their families’ medical privacy, or risk paying thousands of dollars in fines.…

Disability advocates urge support for ERISA reforms

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
CCD Weighs In On EEOC Nominees
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, in public comments [PDF] submitted to the Department of Labor on January 19, urged strong support for a recently introduced proposal to expand due process protections for…

Gogo to make its in-flight video services closed captioned

Monday, February 1, 2016The National Association of the Deaf announced January 26 a first-of-its kind agreement with Gogo LLC, requiring the in-flight entertainment company to make its services accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. “This is a monumental step…

(Video) Campaign to create a 24/7 anti-violence hotline for the Deaf community

Friday, January 29, 2016A recent campaign is working to raise awareness of the violence faced by the Deaf community. In a series of expressive photographs, #WhoWillAnswer states that: 31% of Deaf men and women experience emotional abuse; domestic violence impacts one out of…

Disability advocates weigh in on proposal to ban smoking in public housing

Friday, January 22, 2016Disability rights advocates are raising the alarm on a new Obama Administration proposal that they worry could potentially force thousands of people with disabilities out of their federally subsidized homes. In November, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued…

Settlement to force overhaul of Illinois solitary confinement practices

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Illinois to Improve Solitary Confinement Practices
The Illinois Department of Corrections has reached a comprehensive settlement with a coalition of disability rights groups, agreeing to improve mental health services in state prison and reduce the use of solitary confinement. “Just…

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