Massachusetts

DOJ warns children’s theater over food allergy discrimination

Thursday, June 23, 2016The Department of Justice has determined that a children’s theater company in Massachusetts violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by excluding a child with a peanut allergy from its program. The 10-year-old boy in the case has life-threatening allergies to…

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…

Complaint demands accessible Medicaid and Medicare documentation

Monday, February 22, 2016The National Federation of the Blind and three individuals sued the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in federal court February 10, calling on the agency to make its documentation, including key materials relating to benefit changes and denials, accessible…

Advocates urge FDA to take action on controversial skin shocking device

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Advocates Call on FDA to Ban Aversive Therapy Device
On June 4, more than 70 disability advocacy groups signed a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, calling on the agency to move forward on a proposal to ban

Woman with disabilities regains child custody, following federal intervention

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Parental rights restored
After a two and a half year legal battle, Sara Gordon has reunited with her child Dana, who was taken from her two days after giving birth. Her story was the focus of a highly publicized federal

Feds slam Massachusetts agency for removing child from mother with disabilities

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Parental Rights
A Massachusetts woman, identified by the pseudonym Sara Gordon, has a “mild intellectual disability” that sometimes makes it difficult for her to follow directions. During the first two days after giving birth to Dana in November 2012, Gordon,…

Harvard and MIT sued over closed captioning practices

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Harvard and MIT sued over failure to caption video content
Two of the nation’s most prestigious universities are under fire for allegedly failing to consistently make their video and audio content accessible through closed captioning, according to a new federal

Beacon Hill redesign goes to court

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
News from Massachusetts
In a case pitting disability advocates against historic preservation activists, the Beacon Hill Civic Association filed a lawsuit in state court on August 12, to halt a planned reconstruction of the historic Boston neighborhood. The lawsuit…

Court rules ADA covers farmers markets

Sunday, March 24, 2013When Sherwood Clement inquired about becoming a food vendor at the South Boston Farmers Market in early 2010, he was told he needed to fill out an application, plant his own produce and pay a membership fee.
Farmers Market
Despite…

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