intellectual disabilities

Florida vacates Freddie Lee Hall’s death penalty sentence

Thursday, September 22, 2016The Florida Supreme Court ruled September 8 that Freddie Lee Hall is not eligible for the death penalty, concluding a long running saga that led to the Supreme Court redefining the bounds of the constitutionality of the death penalty against…

Advocates criticize proposed SSA administrative rules

Wednesday, September 7, 2016Sixteen disability rights groups, including the National Disability Rights Network, submitted comments to the Social Security Administration on August 26, pushing back against proposed changes to the procedural rules for Social Security disability benefits. Under the proposed regulations,…

Brendan Dassey conviction overturned

Monday, August 29, 2016A judge overturned the murder conviction of a man with intellectual disabilities on August 12 who was the subject of a high-profile documentary spotlighting the role of disability in confessions in the criminal justice system. “This must be a bittersweet…

Class action status sought in school abuse complaint

Tuesday, August 9, 2016The Disability Rights Legal Center filed a motion July 11 to expand a lawsuit in federal court, first filed in October, accusing a California school district of systematically excluding students with intellectual disabilities from its services by failing to…

Death penalty returns to the Supreme Court

Monday, June 27, 2016
Supreme Court Considers Death Penalty Case
For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court will review a case concerning the constitutionality of the death penalty in regard to people with intellectual disabilities. Bobby James Moore was convicted of…

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

Caregivers given additional time to comply with new Obama overtime rules

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Caregivers get more time to comply with overtime rules
Certain employers of caregivers for people with disabilities will be given an extra 34 months to comply with the Obama Administration’s new overtime regulations, a move that comes in response

Florida passes bill to protect people with autism when being interviewed by the police

Monday, April 18, 2016Florida will soon become the first state to implement protections for people with autism spectrum disorders in police interrogations. Under the Wes Kleinert Fair Interview Act [PDF], signed by Governor Rick Scott on April 1, people with ASD will…

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…

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