New York

Court temporarily blocks NY personal care cuts

Thursday, September 13, 2012The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a preliminary injunction against recent cuts to the state’s Medicaid-funded services for people receiving 24-hour care, temporarily halting changes that it found likely violated the Americans with Disabilities…

Appeals court upholds New York ban on skin-shock therapy and other “aversive interventions”

Monday, August 27, 2012Rejecting a challenge from seven parents of children attending the highly controversial Judge Rotenberg Center, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled August 20 in a 2-1 decision that New York did not violate federal law by…

Court rules that NYC polling sites violate ADA

Saturday, August 11, 2012A federal court has ordered New York City to improve accessibility at its voting stations before the upcoming election, finding that people with disabilities are being denied the opportunity to exercise their constitutionally protected voting right due to architectural and…

Pulitzer Prize recognition puts disability coverage in the spotlight

Tuesday, April 24, 2012Two major investigations into the treatment of people with disabilities in assisted living facilities were finalists in the “Public Service” category of the Pulitzer Prizes, the nation’s most prestigious awards for excellence in journalism.
Pulitzer Prize Finalists
The New York…

Circuit court strikes down New York integration plan for people with mental disabilities

Sunday, April 15, 2012The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled April 6 that Disability Advocates Inc. did not have “standing” in a lawsuit where the advocacy group won a major victory in 2009 when a district court ruled that…

Elite N.Y. high schools lacking special ed students

Monday, February 6, 2012New York Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott ordered the city’s best performing schools to accept more students with disabilities, in a sharply worded email sent last month. Fewer than half of the city’s 103 screened high schools, those with special eligibility…

Court: New York’s taxi cab service violates the ADA

Sunday, December 25, 2011In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a federal court ruled December 23 that New York City must vastly expand taxicab access for people with mobility disabilities.
Taxicab Access to Expand
“The (Taxi and Limousine Commission) subjects disabled persons who must use…

NYC emergency plan fails people with disabilities

Monday, October 3, 2011Tania Morales, a Brooklyn resident who uses a wheelchair, attempted to enter the emergency shelter nearest to her home prior to the first night of Hurricane Irene.
Advocates say emergency planning is inadequate
The gates leading to the wheelchair ramp…

Settlement reached in New York nursing homes case

Saturday, October 1, 2011New York state will move hundreds of people with mental disabilities from nursing homes to more integrated settings under a settlement reached last week in federal court, just weeks before a five-year-old class action lawsuit was set to go to…

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