New York

NY toughens penalties for non reporting

Monday, August 22, 2011New York’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities has reached a new agreement with state police to increase oversight of the state’s system of group homes for people with disabilities. The agreement comes in response to an ongoing New York…

Report details major issues in NY institutions

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
New York
In the latest *article in its “Abused and Used” series, the New York Times documents a range of abuses in the state’s nine institutions for people with developmental disabilities. The article details a system where…

LSAC sued twice in nine days

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Michigan LSAC case targets logic games
The Law School Admission Test is at the center of two disability discrimination lawsuits filed in the past week and a half. On June 2, a senior at Wesleyan University with attention deficit disorder…

Disability benefits denials under fire in New York

Thursday, April 14, 2011The Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project filed a class action lawsuit against the Social Security Administration on April 12, charging that a court in Queens that hears appeals of Social Security disability cases imposes a “brick wall of bias”…

Investigation details widespread abuse in New York group homes

Tuesday, March 15, 2011New York’s network of more than 2,000 state-run group homes failed to report thousands of cases of abuse to law enforcement officials in 2009, in violation of state law, according to a recent New York Times’ investigation. The yearlong…

Suspension rates soar for student with disabilities in NYC

Thursday, February 3, 2011Special education students were four times more likely to be suspended than general education students in the nation’s largest school district, according to a new report released Jan. 27. Despite accounting for just 18 percent of the student population in…

City of New York sued for lack of access to voting stations

Tuesday, January 4, 2011Disability Rights Advocates filed a lawsuit July 26 against the Board of Elections in the city of New York, charging that it discriminates against people with mobility and vision disabilities by failing to accommodate them at voting sites. “Ramps at…

Federal judge rejects New York’s deinstitutionalization plan

Thursday, December 23, 2010A March 2010 decision in a New York court ordering the transfer of 4,300 people with disabilities from large institutional adult homes to smaller supported housing units is under appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.…

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