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Former NFL player sues league over disability benefits plan

Friday, April 1, 2016Former NFL cornerback Charles Dimry filed a federal lawsuit against the National Football League on March 23, accusing the league of violating federal law by failing to follow the terms of its disability benefits plan. In 2008, Dimry was approved…

Disability rights groups oppose proposed House budget

Wednesday, March 30, 2016The nation’s largest consortium of disability rights groups slammed the House of Representative’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget [PDF] on March 15, over concerns about the impact of its proposed cuts to the federal safety net for people with disabilities.…

Disability advocates call for reasonable accommodations in public housing eviction procedures

Tuesday, March 22, 2016The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities submitted public comments [PDF] to the Department of Housing and Urban Development on March 4, calling on the agency to create a reasonable accommodation exception for certain tenants with disabilities whose income disqualifies them…

Bill proposes tax credit for caregivers

Monday, March 21, 2016Reps. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) introduced new legislation March 7 that would create a tax credit for people caring for people with disabilities and the elderly. “These families are making enormous sacrifices and oftentimes struggle to make…

Settlement reached to improve ADA compliance in Alabama prisons

Friday, March 18, 2016The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program announced a settlement with the Alabama Department of Corrections on March 16 to settle a range of disability accessibility complaints in the state’s prison system, partially resolving a class-action

National Federation of the Blind and Amazon reach agreement on accessible Kindles

Thursday, March 10, 2016The National Federation of the Blind and Amazon released a brief statement March 2, announcing a new initiative to “collaborate on improvements to Amazon’s education content, platforms, and application,” as well as meet on an “ongoing basis” to address the…

ABA therapy to become a mandatory benefit for federal employees in 2017

Wednesday, March 9, 2016The U.S. Office of Personnel Management will now require that all insurance companies participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program cover Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, which can otherwise costs families tens of thousands of dollars. “For the 2017 plan…

AMC Theaters sued by advocates for the blind

Tuesday, March 8, 2016The nation’s largest movie chain was hit by a class-action complaint in federal court last month, accusing it of failing to make its services accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. “Properly functioning audio description technology provides an…

DOE to school districts: Address racial disparities in special education

Friday, March 4, 2016The U.S. Department of Education proposed new regulations [PDF] February 23, detailing new steps that school districts must take to reduce racial disparities in the identification, placement and discipline of students in special education programs. “We have a moral and…

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