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Advocates criticize proposed SSA administrative rules

Wednesday, September 7, 2016Sixteen disability rights groups, including the National Disability Rights Network, submitted comments to the Social Security Administration on August 26, pushing back against proposed changes to the procedural rules for Social Security disability benefits. Under the proposed regulations,…

New regulations seek to clarify ADA’s scope

Wednesday, August 31, 2016The Department of Justice published new regulations August 11, implementing a 2008 law that sought to counter a series of Supreme Court decisions that had narrowed the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “This final rule clarifies Congress’s original…

Senate passes bill to protect against wandering

Thursday, August 25, 2016The U.S. Senate unanimously voted July 14 in favor of a measure to fund tracking devices for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are prone to wandering. Kevin and Avonte’s Law, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) and Chuck…

Disability advocates weigh in on Every Student Succeeds Act regulations

Wednesday, August 24, 2016Nearly three dozen disability rights groups signed onto public comments submitted to the Department of Education on August 1, urging the DOE to maintain No Child Left Behind’s testing accountability system, while urging greater clarity in the reporting requirements and…

Feds direct states to strengthen home and community-based care

Monday, August 22, 2016The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services issued a bulletin August 3, urging states to continue reducing their reliance on institutions in their Medicaid long-term services and supports, LTSS. The bulletin provides a series of recommendations to state Medicaid programs.…

Feds issue guidance on schools’ obligations to students with ADHD

Thursday, August 18, 2016The Department of Education released new guidance [PDF] to educators nationwide July 26, reminding them of their obligations under federal law to accommodate students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, regardless of their level of academic functioning. “On this 26th anniversary of the…

Agreement reached to make health care kiosks accessible to people with visual disabilities

Monday, August 15, 2016Pursuant Health will make its thousands of self-service health care kiosks accessible to people with visual disabilities, under a first-of-its-kind agreement announced July 26. “Living the lives we want as blind people includes monitoring our own health so that we…

Advocates demand improved accommodations for inmates with disabilities

Tuesday, July 19, 2016The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project released an extensive new interactive report June 22, calling on state prisons to undertake a series of reforms to bring the treatment of incarcerated people with disabilities in line with…

Social Security Disability Fairness Act introduced

Friday, July 8, 2016A bill in the House of Representatives seeks to expedite Social Security Disability Insurance claims for people with a terminal illness. “Our disability safety net is failing the very people it was put in place to help,” U.S. Rep. Rodney…

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