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…

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…

Lawsuit challenges police treatment of deaf individual

Friday, May 6, 2016The ACLU of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Disability Law Center sued the city of Woonsocket, Rhode Island on April 27 regarding its police department’s treatment of a deaf individual. “Municipal compliance with federal and state laws prohibiting disability…

Bill introduced to exempt taxes on discharged debt from disability, student loan forgiveness program

Monday, April 25, 2016
Bill to make student loan forgiveness program tax free
Two days after the Obama Administration announced comprehensive reforms to the federal student loan forgiveness program for people with severe disabilities, a bipartisan group of senators is pushing for additional changes

DOE to school districts: Address racial disparities in special education

Friday, March 4, 2016The U.S. Department of Education proposed new regulations [PDF] February 23, detailing new steps that school districts must take to reduce racial disparities in the identification, placement and discipline of students in special education programs. “We have a moral and…

Ricardo | AVID Jail Project

Wednesday, March 2, 2016King County Jail (KCJ), located in Seattle, Washington, is reconsidering how it responds to inmates who attempt suicide or hurt themselves. As it stands, KCJ and many other correctional facilities all over the country punish inmates for acts of self-harm.…

Judge rules against sheltered workshop’s subminimum wage practices

Friday, February 19, 2016
Fair Pay
In a potentially groundbreaking decision, an administrative law judge ruled February 2 that an Ohio nonprofit must pay backpay to three workers, whom it previously was paying $2.50 an hour under a program that allows it to

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.…

NDRN, DOL team up to tackle subminimum wage certificate enforcement

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Curt Decker, CEO of NDRN
The National Disability Rights Network and the Department of Labor announced a new agreement December 16, which aims to prevent employers from exploiting an exception in federal labor law that allows them to pay certain…

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