Louisiana

ADA lawsuit challenges McDonald’s drive-thru only hours

Tuesday, June 7, 2016A Louisiana man with visual disabilities sued the world’s largest fast-food chain May 26, arguing that its drive-thru services violate his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. “One of the hallmarks of McDonald’s success has been its adaptability. In…

Lawsuit targets New Orleans bus stops

Monday, April 11, 2016Almost all bus stops in New Orleans impose accessibility barriers to people with mobility disabilities, a new class-action lawsuit asserts, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on March 28. “We think it’s very important…

Graduation rates show continued improvement

Friday, December 25, 2015The graduation rate for students with disabilities was 63.1 percent for the 2013-2014 school year, a record high but still significantly lower than that of their peers, the Department of Education announced December 15. The rate represents an increase from…

The Right to be Rescued

Wednesday, August 26, 2015"The Right to be Rescued" is a short documentary that tells the stories of people with disabilities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Released days before the 10th anniversary of the storm, our goal is to make emergency planners aware of the specific needs of people with disabilities and push them to alter their disaster plans to make sure those needs are met. You can help! We will provide links or DVDs to anyone who would like to screen this film for emergency planners and others in their community. Contact us to find out how.

Supreme Court takes up death penalty case

Tuesday, December 16, 2014The Supreme Court granted certiorari on an appeal from a death-row inmate December 5, in a case with significant implications for the due process rights of people with intellectual disabilities in capital punishment cases. The case, Brumfield v. Cain,…

DOJ, Louisiana reach settlement to modify legal admission criteria

Sunday, August 31, 2014Candidates seeking admission to practice law in Louisiana will no longer have to provide responses to inquiries into their mental disabilities, under a settlement announced August 15 by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Louisiana Supreme Court. “Qualified individuals…

Report slams conditions at Louisiana group homes

Sunday, March 25, 2012The Advocacy Center released a report March 20 detailing the results of a three-year investigation into 16 intermediate care facilities in Louisiana which it describes as the worst at providing proper services for people with developmental disabilities. “Thirty years ago,…

DOJ sues Louisiana for lack of voter registration services

Monday, July 18, 2011The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of Louisiana on Tuesday for failing to provide voter registrations services at its public assistance offices, in violation of federal law. In an effort to increase voter registration, Congress passed…

DOJ intervenes in student diabetes case

Monday, June 20, 2011The Department of Justice filed an amicus brief June 7 on behalf of a boy with diabetes who filed a discrimination lawsuit against his school in Kentucky after it refused to train non-medical personnel to assist him with his insulin…

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