Pennsylvania ends use of the R-word

Tuesday, December 20, 2011Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signed a bill into law December 19 ending the use of the word “retardation” in state statutes. The bill, called the “Words do Matter” bill, passed the state House and Senate unanimously. “Many individuals in the…

Disability groups oppose Massachusetts assisted suicide initiative

Saturday, December 10, 2011A new disability advocacy group, called Second Thoughts, announced its opposition to an initiative, which is likely to appear on the 2012 Massachusetts voters ballot, that would legalize physician assisted suicide. The initiative would allow terminally ill adults, defined…

DRW and NDRN to work on Ashley Report

Monday, August 22, 2011In early 2007, the world learned about Ashley X, a young girl who was kept small and prevented from developing sexually through the use of high doses of hormones, and removal of her breast buds and uterus. Ashley’s parents and…

Hawaii ends use of the R-word

Monday, July 25, 2011
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State programs in Hawaii must now use the term “intellectual disabilities” in place of “mental retardation” under a new law signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on July 11. “Words are very, very important. We’ve all heard that…

Subminimum wage proposal sparks controversy

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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The U.S. Senate is set to hold hearings on a new proposal to provide safeguards for people with disabilities working for less than the minimum wage, triggering debate among a variety of disability advocacy groups. The Fair…

Advocacy group to create special education advocacy videos

Monday, June 20, 2011 
News from Texas
Disability Rights Texas received a project grant May 24 from the Texas Bar Foundation to design web-based videos informing parents of children with disabilities about special education laws and self advocacy. The videos, which will be…

TBI advocates embrace social media

Sunday, June 5, 2011
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When Craig Sicilia created the TBI Survivors Network, he envisioned an online chat room for people with traumatic brain injuries from Spokane, Washington to share experiences and create support groups. Two years later, the network’s…

Law Center reaches out to Native Americans

Saturday, June 4, 2011
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For seven years, the Native American Disability Law Center has been working with the Navajo Nation, the nation’s largest Native American reservation, to establish basic adult protection measures for people with disabilities. Though the Navajo Nation has…

Illinois group takes on “R” word tweets

Thursday, June 2, 2011For advocates around the world who have been taking on the use of the “R” word, there are additional tools in the box.  LifeMyWay, an Illinois group partnering with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, has launched a…

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