New Jersey

Graduation rates show continued improvement

Friday, December 25, 2015
Graduation Rates Rising
The graduation rate for students with disabilities was 63.1 percent for the 2013-2014 school year, a record high but still significantly lower than that of their peers, the Department of Education announced December 15. The rate represents…

(Video) Bishop discusses his experiences with amputation and rehabilitation

Tuesday, June 2, 2015When dealing with sickness or disease, it can be hard to grasp that we are not alone in that experience. A feeling of isolation often accompanies sickness, and this is one of the factors that make it so meaningful when…

Six Flags lawsuit moves forward

Friday, January 9, 2015The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has refused to dismiss a disability discrimination lawsuit challenging Six Flags Theme Park Inc.'s new ridership rules, allowing the case to proceed to a jury. “Six Flags has failed to meet its burden in establishing that the ridership requirements it has imposed for the (vast) majority of the rides at Great Adventure are a legitimate safety requirement," the Court wrote, in a decision dated December 31.

New Yorker spotlights lawsuit challenging Princeton suicidal student policy

Friday, December 19, 2014
Universities examine response to suicide attempts
On December 1, the New Yorker asked readers: Should Suicidal Students Be Forced to Leave Campus?“ The question is at the heart of a closely watched lawsuit that accuses Princeton University of violating…

EEOC, health care provider, reach agreement concerning “inflexible” leave policy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014Princeton Health Care Systems (PHCS) will pay a $1.35 million fine as part of a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding its fixed leave policy. "This case should send a clear message that a leave of absence is a reasonable accommodation under the law," said Robert D. Rose, regional attorney of EEOC's New York District Office, in a news release from June 30.

NJ passes bill improving athletic opportunities for students with disabilities

Monday, June 23, 2014
Equal Access to Sports
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill June 19, requiring schools to provide reasonable accommodation to students in school athletics programs. “It was a key part of me growing up. And I learned some really…

Bill introduced to improve transition services

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Improved Transition Services
Sen. Roberto Menendez (D- NJ) has introduced a new bill to improve supports for students transitioning from special education services to life outside of the school setting. “For too many young people with autism spectrum disorders, the…

Closure plan for institution under fire

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
New Jersey
A plan by Gov. Chris Christie to close a New Jersey institution that houses 350 women with disabilities is meeting stiff resistance. Under the plan, residents of the Vineland Developmental Center would be transferred to community based housing…

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