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Bill seeks to end SSDI waiting period for people with ALS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016A new bill seeks to expedite Social Security Disability Insurance payments for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Currently, people deemed eligible for SSDI cannot receive payments until five months after being denied with…

Lowe’s to pay $8.6 million to settle “maximum leave” policy lawsuit

Monday, May 23, 2016A federal court signed off on a comprehensive settlement May 13, requiring the nation’s second-largest home appliance store to pay $8.6 million and eliminate its strict policy limiting how long employees can take off for medical purposes. “This settlement sends…

Obama Administration proposes new firearm restrictions for Social Security disability beneficiaries

Monday, May 16, 2016The Obama Administration released a draft proposal on April 28 of a controversial new initiative to expand the Social Security Administration’s obligations for reporting people with disabilities to the federal firearm database. The Gun Control Act of 1968 bars people…

NCD calls for accessible dollar bills

Wednesday, May 11, 2016In a letter issued to the United States Department of the Treasury on April 28, the National Council on Disability demanded that the agency move forward on long-promised reforms to make the dollar bill accessible to people with visual disabilities.…

Settlement requires Uber to eradicate discrimination against blind riders who use service animals

Monday, May 9, 2016Uber Technologies, Inc. will take new steps to ensure its drivers do not discriminate against customers who are blind or have visual disabilities that require the assistance of service animals, under a new settlement announced April 30. “This settlement sets…

Judge rejects Disney discrimination lawsuit

Thursday, May 5, 2016A federal court ruled April 28 that Disney did not discriminate against people with disabilities in October 2013 when it changed its line policy for people with disabilities at its theme parks. Previously, certain people with disabilities could obtain a…

FDA proposes ban on skin-shock therapy

Tuesday, May 3, 2016The Food and Drug Administration issued new regulations April 22 that would ban the use of “electrical stimulation devices” as a tool to prevent people with disabilities from engaging in self-injurious and aggressive behaviors. “Our primary concern is the safety…

Avonte’s Law moves forward

Friday, April 29, 2016The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-5 on April 14 to move a bill to the full Senate floor that would create a permanent federal funding source for tracking devices for people with autism spectrum disorders at risk of wandering. “…

More than a hundred disability rights protesters arrested in Washington D.C.

Thursday, April 28, 2016Disability rights activists stormed the nation’s capital last week, demanding that the federal government do more to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities. “I was in a nursing home and I have too many brothers and sisters still locked away because they…

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