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Senate passes bill to protect against wandering

Thursday, August 25, 2016The U.S. Senate unanimously voted July 14 in favor of a measure to fund tracking devices for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are prone to wandering. Kevin and Avonte’s Law, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) and Chuck…

Avonte’s Law moves forward

Friday, April 29, 2016The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-5 on April 14 to move a bill to the full Senate floor that would create a permanent federal funding source for tracking devices for people with autism spectrum disorders at risk of wandering. “…

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…

Informed consent, sex and dementia on trial in Iowa rape case

Thursday, April 30, 2015An Iowa jury ruled April 22 that a man is not guilty of raping his wife, who at the time of the alleged sexual act, was arguably unable to consent due to her Alzheimers. The case, believed to be the…

Judge: Sterilization required court approval

Friday, May 9, 2014The 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 court-appointed actor (i.e.,…

“The ‘Boys’ in the Bunkhouse”

Monday, March 17, 2014The New York Times Sunday edition prominently featured the story of 32 men with disabilities, who were abused for more than 30 years at Henry’s Turkey Service in Atalissa, Iowa. They were paid as low as $65 a month…

Sen. Harkin won’t seek reelection

Thursday, January 31, 2013A key author of the Americans with Disabilities Act announced January 26 that he will not seek a sixth term in the Senate. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), whose term ends in 2014, introduced the ADA in the Senate on…

Farm required to pay $1.3 million for discriminatory labor practices

Sunday, October 7, 2012The U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of Iowa has ordered Hill County Farms to pay $1.3 million in back payments to workers with disabilities who worked at a turkey plant whom it contracted with, Henry’s Turkey Services,…

Iowa signs the bill to end use of the “R-word”

Saturday, March 31, 2012Joining a national trend to end use of the “R-word,” Iowa Governor to Terry Branstad signed legislation March 22 to replace the word “retarded” with “intellectual disability” in Iowa law. The bill passed the state legislature unanimously earlier in the…

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