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SCORE jail, DRW collaboratively improve conditions and services for inmates with mental illness

Thursday, September 15, 2016South Correctional Entity (SCORE), a multi-jurisdictional jail located in Des Moines, WA, has worked collaboratively with the AVID Jail Project of Disability Rights Washington since January 2015 to make swift and significant changes to improve conditions for inmates with mental…

Employer to pay $165,000 to settle associational disability bias claim

Wednesday, September 14, 2016New Mexico Orthopaedics Associates, P.C. will pay $165,0000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that it discriminated against an employee on the basis that she is the mother of  a now three-year-old child with disabilities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced…

Judge approves Los Angeles sidewalk settlement

Monday, September 12, 2016A federal judge has signed off on what disability rights attorneys are calling the largest disability access class action settlement in history. Under the agreement, first announced in April 2015, the City of Los Angeles must spend an estimated…

DOE, South Carolina settle special education funding dispute

Monday, September 12, 2016The U.S. Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Education announced an agreement August 25, resolving a five-year-long dispute concerning the state’s special education funding compliance. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, states may not reduce their…

Los Angeles settles accessible housing lawsuit for $200 million

Sunday, September 11, 2016The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 on August 30 to spend $200 million over the next decade to resolve an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit concerning the accessibility of the City’s public housing stock. “When our clients can’t find…

DOJ sues Georgia school system over segregation of students with disabilities

Friday, September 9, 2016The Department of Justice sued the state of Georgia on August 23, accusing it of systematically violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by segregating thousands of students with disabilities in a separate, inferior educational system. “This complaint alleges that many…

Baltimore police report spotlights disability rights violations

Monday, September 5, 2016The Baltimore Police Department systematically violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the civil rights of people with disabilities, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declared in a 164-page report released August 11. Launched in response to the protests

Settlement reached in Colorado competency evaluations lawsuit

Thursday, September 1, 2016Disability Law Colorado and the Colorado Department of Human Services announced a settlement in a federal lawsuit August 12, which accused the state of unconstitutionally long delays in its process for facilitating competency evaluations for people faced with criminal charges.…

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