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DOJ warns children’s theater over food allergy discrimination

Thursday, June 23, 2016The Department of Justice has determined that a children’s theater company in Massachusetts violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by excluding a child with a peanut allergy from its program. The 10-year-old boy in the case has life-threatening allergies to…

Washington Bar reforms eliminate discriminatory mental health inquiries

Tuesday, June 21, 2016Lawyers seeking to practice in Washington State will no longer be singled out for seeking mental treatment under new revisions to the state bar application process, approved by the Washington State Supreme Court on June 10. “These revisions are critical…

Court strikes down Florida workers’ compensation limit on temporary disability benefit

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Florida Workers’ Compensation System Violates State Constitution
The Florida Supreme Court ruled June 9 that a 1994 law, limiting to 2 years the length of time that people can receive “temporary total disability benefits” under the state’s workers’ compensation scheme,…

North Carolina DMV settles with disability rights group

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
North Carolina will stop discriminating against drivers with disabilities
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will cease subjecting people with disabilities to unnecessary driving tests and medical exams, under a consent decree approved June 10 in federal court. In…

Report shines light on Ohio solitary confinement practices

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Solitary Cell at SOCF*
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is isolating hundreds of people with mental illness for minor rule violations, exacerbating their underlying conditions and putting them at a serious risk of committing self-harm, Disability Rights Ohio

NY court rules with disability activists in assisted suicide case

Friday, May 20, 2016
NY ruling on assisted suicide case
Echoing the arguments of an amicus brief filed by 11 disability rights groups, a New York state court has rejected a challenge to the state’s ban on physician-assisted suicide, finding that any…

DOJ, Texas city reach settlement over exclusionary zoning, land use policies

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Housing news from Texas
A city in Texas will pay $475,000 in fines and eliminate zoning and land use restrictions on group homes for people with disabilities, as part of a settlement announced May 4 with the Departments of Justice…

Judge: Ohio voting system violates the ADA

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Ohio voting system violates ADA
A federal court ruled May 11 that the state of Ohio’s absentee ballot system discriminates against people with visual disabilities, but that it does not have to reform its system before the upcoming presidential election.…

Court: Museum must provide caregivers free admission

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Admission practices violate ADA
A federal court ruled May 9 that a Philadelphia-based museum violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to waive the admission fee for a caregiver assisting a patron with disabilities. Michael Anderson, a 35-year-old man…

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