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Utah settles lawsuit with inmate with disabilities in sex offender program

Thursday, March 24, 2016
News from Utah
The state of Utah will pay a former inmate $60,000 in damages for failing to accommodate him in a sex offender treatment program, extending his period of incarceration for years. In 1996, a jury sentenced Richard Ramirez…

Indiana “fetal abnormalities” abortion bill moves toward passage

Monday, March 7, 2016
News from Indiana
By a 37-13 vote, the Indiana Senate passed a bill March 1 that would ban abortions if done on the basis of “a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down Syndrome or any other disability,”…

California’s Santa Barbara County Jail slammed in new report

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
News from California
The Santa Barbara County Jail regularly confines people with disabilities in solitary confinement and denies them basic health care and Americans with Disabilities Act protections, Disability Rights California alleged in a scathing new report [PDF], released…

Lawsuit demands text-to-9-1-1 capability in Arizona

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Text Access to Emergency Assistance
Federal disability discrimination law mandates that the state of Arizona allow people with disabilities the opportunity to call 9-1-1 via text message, a new lawsuit alleges, filed in federal court February 11. “9-1-1 is a…

Oregon hit with sidewalk accessibility lawsuit

Friday, February 26, 2016
Inaccessible Curb Ramps in Oregon
More than 25 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the state of Oregon continues to systematically fail to make its sidewalks accessible to people with disabilities, a new lawsuit alleges, filed…

Court: Maryland must implement online ballot marking tool

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Voting Accessibility Victory
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled unanimously February 9 [PDF]┬áto uphold a lower court ruling, directing the state of Maryland to ensure its system for voting via absentee ballot is accessible to…

Judge rules against sheltered workshop’s subminimum wage practices

Friday, February 19, 2016
Fair Pay
In a potentially groundbreaking decision, an administrative law judge ruled February 2 that an Ohio nonprofit must pay backpay to three workers, whom it previously was paying $2.50 an hour under a program that allows it to

Montana jury rejects wrongful birth lawsuit

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
News from Montana
A Montana jury ruled against a woman in a lawsuit seeking $14.5 million from her health care providers, whom she claimed failed to disclose information about her child’s cystic fibrosis, which, if disclosed, would have led to…

Montana marathon resolves discrimination case

Thursday, February 11, 2016
“I’m really happy it’s open for people with disabilities.” – Joe Stone
People with handcycles and wheelchairs will have the opportunity to fully participate in the upcoming Run Wild Missoula Marathon, under a legal settlement recently approved by the┬áMontana…

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