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Class action status sought in school abuse complaint

Tuesday, August 9, 2016The Disability Rights Legal Center filed a motion July 11 to expand a lawsuit in federal court, first filed in October, accusing a California school district of systematically excluding students with intellectual disabilities from its services by failing to…

Court blocks Indiana abortion, disability law

Monday, August 8, 2016A federal court issued a preliminary injunction June 30, temporarily blocking a new Indiana law that would ban abortions based on “a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down Syndrome or any other disability.” “(Planned Parenthood Indiana and…

New Hampshire to begin reporting certain mental health records to national firearm database

Thursday, August 4, 2016An announcement from New Hampshire that the state will begin complying with federal mental health reporting requirements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is raising concerns from disability advocates. Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, people…

Court blocks Texas Medicaid cuts

Tuesday, August 2, 2016In a two-page order [PDF], the Texas Supreme Court temporarily blocked planned Medicaid cuts July 8 that advocates feared would decimate the state’s services for autism therapy and other physical, occupational and speech therapeutic services for children with disabilities.…

California school district sued over disciplinary practices

Monday, August 1, 2016The East County NAACP sued the Antioch Unified School District in the East Bay Area on July 6 for allegedly failing to meet the terms of an agreement announced 16 months ago. Under that agreement the District would be forced…

Gender bias suit targets California workers’ compensation system

Friday, July 15, 2016
Suit alleges systemic gender bias in California Workers’ Compensation program
In a first-of-its-kind lawsuit [PDF], the Service Employees International Union and three individuals filed a discrimination suit, July 6, against the California workers’ compensation system, accusing it of discriminating…

DOJ: Nevada illegally segregating inmates with HIV, other disabilities

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Nevada Dept of Corrections is violating ADA
In a letter issued to the Nevada Department of Corrections [PDF] on June 20, the Department of Justice accused the state of subjecting people with HIV and other disabilities to a variety of…

DOJ, Milwaukee reach comprehensive ADA settlement

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Accessibility Improvements Coming Soon to Milwaukee
The City of Milwaukee will spend $3.4 million over the next three years on infrastructure improvements for people with disabilities, under a comprehensive settlement announced June  9 with the Department of Justice. “Cities and…

Death penalty returns to the Supreme Court

Monday, June 27, 2016
Supreme Court Considers Death Penalty Case
For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court will review a case concerning the constitutionality of the death penalty in regard to people with intellectual disabilities. Bobby James Moore was convicted of…

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