Disability activists push for accessibility in Iowa caucuses

Friday, January 8, 2016Disability Rights Iowa and the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council are pushing the state’s Democratic and Republican parties to ensure voters with disabilities can participate in the first-in-the nation caucuses for the 2016 election, scheduled for February 1. “What we wanted…

Court: Guardianship cannot be imposed due to marriage concerns

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Court Protects Due Process Rights
D.D., as he is identified in court papers, is saving up money for an engagement ring for his girlfriend, Janice. A social guy living off Supplemental Security Income benefits and income from his part-time position…

Complaint filed with CA Bar over guardianship training program

Sunday, November 15, 2015The Spectrum Institute sent a letter to the California Bar Association on October 20, asking it to audit a Los Angeles Bar County Bar Association program designed to educate court-appointed attorneys for people who are the subject of conservatorships, or…

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…

DOJ investigating California voting system

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Voting Rights
The Department of Justice confirmed May 15 (PDF format), in a letter to the Judicial Council of California, that it is investigating the nation’s most populous state for violating federal voting and discrimination laws in regard to…

Wisconsin court rules for hospital in end-of-life case

Friday, January 2, 2015
News from Wisconsin
Patient 1, as identified in court documents, was a 13-year-old boy with developmental disabilities who had pneumonia. His parents, after consulting with doctors at the University of Wisconsin Hospital Clinics, decided that his prognosis and quality of…

Judge: Sterilization required court approval

Friday, May 9, 2014
News from Iowa
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled April 18 that a mother who is her son’s guardian violated state law by arranging for her son to have a vasectomy, absent prior court approval. “A statutory scheme that empowered a…

Woman with Down Syndrome wins guardianship fight

Sunday, August 18, 2013
News from Virginia
In a case with far-reaching ramifications for the future of guardianship law, the Newport News Circuit Court ruled August 2 that Jenny Hatch, a woman with Down Syndrome and an IQ of 52, has a right to…