HHS finalizes new health care disability discrimination rules

Monday, May 30, 2016
DHHS issues anti-discrimination rules
The Department of Health and Human Services has released final rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s anti-discrimination protections, clarifying and expanding on the obligations of health care providers to accommodate patients with disabilities. Passed in 2010,…

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…

California bill provides new protections for voters with disabilities

Friday, October 23, 2015
Right to Vote under Conservatorship
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law October 10, which aims to ensure voters with intellectual disabilities are not illegally disqualified from voting. Currently under state law, people under guardianship, known as conservatorships…

Lawsuit filed on behalf of handcuffed 8-year-old with ADHD

Monday, August 10, 2015S.R. is an eight-year-old, 52 pound boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). One day in Fall 2014, S.R. was removed from his classroom, allegedly for causing disruptive behavior. After S.R. allegedly failed to comply with directions from School Resource Officer Kevin Sumner, he was forced into a chair and handcuffed.

L.A. jail settlement receives final approval

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
LA to provide accessible amenities in jails
The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California signed off on a comprehensive settlement March 23 requiring the Los Angeles Sheriff Department to make its facilities accessible to wheelchair users. ‚ÄúThis…

Supreme Court hears arguments in ADA, police case

Monday, April 13, 2015
Supreme Court Hears Police, ADA Case
The Supreme Court heard testimony March 23 in a case that could redefine the role of the Americans with Disabilities Act in police encounters. The case, which the Supreme Court agreed to hear in

Court orders state agency to reduce wait times to 7 days for competency evaluations, restoration services

Friday, April 10, 2015
Jail Delay is Unconstitutional
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a permanent injunction against the state of Washington on April 2 , mandating that the state provide competency and restoration services to pre-trial detainees within…

Texas executes man with 67 IQ

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
News from Texas
The state of Texas executed Robert Ladd on January 29. Ladd likely would have been ineligible for the death penalty in almost any other state due to his disabilities. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied his

ACLU files disability discrimination claim on behalf of medical marijuana patient

Thursday, November 20, 2014
ACLU Sues for Employment Discrimination
Christine Callaghan, a University of Rhode Island graduate student, has lawfully participated in the state’s medical marijuana system since February 2013, in order to treat her migraines. Last June, she scheduled an interview for a…

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