National DisAbility Rights Network

Disability advocates weigh in on Every Student Succeeds Act regulations

Wednesday, August 24, 2016Nearly three dozen disability rights groups signed onto public comments submitted to the Department of Education on August 1, urging the DOE to maintain No Child Left Behind’s testing accountability system, while urging greater clarity in the reporting requirements and…

Disability Rights Washington lawsuit challenges state’s lack of home and community-based services

Wednesday, August 24, 2016The state of Washington is systematically violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by holding dozens of people with disabilities in “unnecessary and unjustified segregation, or placing them at risk of unnecessary and unjustified segregation,” Disability Rights Washington alleged in a…

Disability rights advocates: Let Washington inmates vote

Tuesday, August 23, 2016Most jails in Washington State are doing “absolutely nothing” to facilitate the means for people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote, Disability Rights Washington alleged in an extensive new report, released August 3. “People with disabilities are one…

Disability and senior rights groups demand investigation of Kansas Medicaid backlog

Thursday, August 11, 2016In a letter sent July 8 to the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services [PDF], the Disability Rights Center of Kansas called on the federal government to investigate the state’s growing Medicaid backlog. “Ongoing delays risk depriving applicants…

New Hampshire to begin reporting certain mental health records to national firearm database

Thursday, August 4, 2016An announcement from New Hampshire that the state will begin complying with federal mental health reporting requirements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is raising concerns from disability advocates. Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, people…

Advocates demand improved accommodations for inmates with disabilities

Tuesday, July 19, 2016The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project released an extensive new interactive report June 22, calling on state prisons to undertake a series of reforms to bring the treatment of incarcerated people with disabilities in line with…

DOJ, Milwaukee reach comprehensive ADA settlement

Tuesday, June 28, 2016The City of Milwaukee will spend $3.4 million over the next three years on infrastructure improvements for people with disabilities, under a comprehensive settlement announced June  9 with the Department of Justice. “Cities and towns must comply with the (American…

Washington Bar reforms eliminate discriminatory mental health inquiries

Tuesday, June 21, 2016Lawyers seeking to practice in Washington State will no longer be singled out for seeking mental treatment under new revisions to the state bar application process, approved by the Washington State Supreme Court on June 10. “These revisions are critical…

Forced Medication Behind Bars | AVID Jail Project

Tuesday, June 14, 2016When the AVID Jail Project first began regularly visiting King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) last year, we had no idea that the jail was forcibly medicating some inmates. Then, one day while doing rounds in solitary confinement, we met Dwayne…

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