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People with disabilities disproportionately harmed in California wildfires

Monday, October 5, 2015
The Right to be Rescued
The Los Angeles Times recently published a feature September 28 highlighting the unique challenges faced by people with disabilities when escaping wildfires, such as the fires that have swarmed California during the most recent fire…

Disability rights group submits comments on Medicare, advanced planning proposal

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Advocates Push for Changes in End-of Life Materials
Not Dead Yet is working to ensure its voice is heard in the development of the Obama Administration’s new proposal to reimburse doctors for end-of-life counseling. Current federal Medicare law prohibits doctors…

(Video) NYC hosting its first Disability Pride Parade

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
celebration
Following in the traditions of the LGBTQ community, New York City will host its first Disability Pride Parade this summer. In the past, public demonstrations by people who feel marginalized or oppressed, including the community of people with disabilities,…

Report finds numerous accessibility barriers in New York courts

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Access to Justice
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Disabled in Action released the results March 24 of an extensive survey of New York City’s courthouses, finding numerous accessibility barriers to people in wheelchairs. “Access to justice…

Major disability law firm prepares for bankruptcy

Monday, December 22, 2014
Law Firm Facing Bankruptcy
The nation’s largest law firm representing claimants seeking Social Security disability benefits is likely to soon file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reported December 12. Binder & Binder, which has nearly…

NYC Mayor announces comprehensive jail reform plan for people with mental illness

Monday, December 8, 2014
NYC jails and people with disabilities
A task force assembled by Mayor Bill de Blasio released a 20-page report on December 1, detailing a variety of steps for improving mental health services in the New York City’s jail system. “This…

Kohl’s hit with class-action lawsuit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Narrow Kohl’s Aisles Block Access
The Washington D.C.-based Equal Rights Center filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court October 21 against Kohl’s Corporation and Kohl’s Department Stores, arguing that the stores’ layout makes them inaccessible to people with wheelchairs or…

New York’s no-gun list for people with mental illness expands dramatically

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
No-Gun List Grows
In the wake of the Newtown massacre, New York State passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, requiring mental health professionals to report potentially dangerous patients for the purposes of creating a new database restricting…

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer hosts disability awareness workshop

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
News from New York
On Friday, October 17, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer hosted a workshop in honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at Lighthouse International in Midtown…

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