National DisAbility Rights Network

Report slams NY agency’s handling of young man’s death

Thursday, January 14, 2016Disability Rights New York asserts in a new report that a state residential care facility systematically neglected a patient prior to his death in 2013, contradicting the findings of a state agency tasked with investigating such allegations. The individual, identified…

Obama gun safety executive order draws negative reviews from disability advocates

Tuesday, January 12, 2016Disability rights groups expressed deep concern over President Obama’s new gun safety executive order, calling its focus on people with mental illness unfairly stigmatizing and overreaching. “People with mental illness are responsible for less than five percent of violence, and…

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…

Disability rights groups push support for veteran homebuyers accessibility bill

Thursday, January 7, 2016A group of disability advocates have come out in support of the Veterans Homebuyer Accessibility Act, a recently introduced bill that aims to make it easier for veterans with disabilities to live in accessible homes. “Accessible housing is often…

Oregon sheltered workshops settlement approved

Monday, January 4, 2016The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon signed off December 29 on a first-of-its kind settlement, overhauling the state’s system of employment services for people with disabilities. Nationwide, nearly 450,000 people with disabilities work in so-called “sheltered workshops,”…

Mall sued over inaccessible bus stop

Saturday, December 26, 2015The National Federation of the Blind of Ohio and Access Center for Independent Living filed a federal lawsuit December 15, targeting a mall where the nearest bus stop is more than 600 feet – or two football fields – away.…

NDRN, DOL team up to tackle subminimum wage certificate enforcement

Saturday, December 19, 2015The National Disability Rights Network and the Department of Labor announced a new agreement December 16, which aims to prevent employers from exploiting an exception in federal labor law that allows them to pay certain workers subminimum wages. “NDRN is…

Ohio sued over inaccessible voting services

Tuesday, December 15, 2015The state of Ohio is violating federal law by failing to make its voting services accessible to people with visual disabilities, according to a new lawsuit filed December 7 by Disability Rights Ohio and Brown, Goldstein, & Levy, LLP,…

Disability advocates urge support for passage of NCLB rewrite

Tuesday, December 8, 2015The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Every Student Succeeds Act on December 2, overhauling much of the long controversial No Child Left Behind Act and reducing the federal government’s role in monitoring state and local education efforts. The…

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