National DisAbility Rights Network

Disability advocates weigh in on prison phone-call reforms

Wednesday, February 17, 2016Two prominent disability rights organizations recently submitted public comments [PDF] to the Federal Communications Commission, calling on the agency to mandate expanded accessible telephone options for inmates. “The result of the current communication paradigm is that prisoners who are deaf…

Montana marathon resolves discrimination case

Thursday, February 11, 2016People with handcycles and wheelchairs will have the opportunity to fully participate in the upcoming Run Wild Missoula Marathon, under a legal settlement recently approved by the Montana Human Rights Bureau. “I’m really happy that it’s open for people with…

Disability groups oppose new wellness proposal

Wednesday, February 10, 2016Twice in the past year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed regulations that could force employees with disabilities to sacrifice their families’ medical privacy, or risk paying thousands of dollars in fines. This is the assertion made by the…

Lawsuit accuses Pennsylvania of fostering unnecessary institutionalization

Thursday, February 4, 2016The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania filed a class-action lawsuit [PDF] against the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on January 19, accusing the state of failing to adequately provide community-based health care and housing services, forcing people with disabilities into…

Disability advocates urge support for ERISA reforms

Wednesday, February 3, 2016The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, in public comments [PDF] submitted to the Department of Labor on January 19, urged strong support for a recently introduced proposal to expand due process protections for employees in claims for disability benefits…

Lawsuit targets UW basketball arena

Tuesday, January 26, 2016The University of Washington basketball arena contains both federal and state accessibility violations, ranging from its ticketing practices to its seating arrangements to its parking and ramp access, a new lawsuit asserts, filed in federal court in late December [PDF].

Agreement reached to overhaul Oregon prison

Monday, January 25, 2016Disability Rights Oregon and the state Department of Corrections have reached a Memorandum of Understanding [PDF], agreeing to reduce solitary confinement and improve services for people with mental illness at the Oregon State Penitentiary’s Behavioral Health Unit. The announcement,…

Settlement to force overhaul of Illinois solitary confinement practices

Wednesday, January 20, 2016The Illinois Department of Corrections has reached a comprehensive settlement with a coalition of disability rights groups, agreeing to improve mental health services in state prison and reduce the use of solitary confinement. “Just because a person with mental illness…

Advocates press disability voice in NCLB rewrite implementation

Tuesday, January 19, 2016The National Disability Rights Network is working to ensure that disability rights advocates have a voice in new regulations implementing the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act, the nation’s first major overhaul of federal education policy in a decade…

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