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Abortion disability discrimination bill signed into law

Thursday, March 31, 2016
News from Indiana
Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) signed a comprehensive anti-abortion bill into law March 24, which, among other things, would prohibit disability discrimination in abortion decisions. “I believe that a society can be judged by how it deals…

Family of young man with Down syndrome awarded $150K in defamation case

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Defamation Award
In a first-of-its kind ruling, a federal jury has awarded $150,000 in damages to a family whose son with Down syndrome was mocked and defamed online. In 2004, Adam Holland, a then-17-year-old, attended the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center,…

(Video) Battling Oppression: MMA fighter Garrett Holeve’s right to fight

Monday, November 2, 2015
Garrett Holeve, aka G Money
Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, is arguably one of the more controversial competitive sports. Banned in New York, the sport is known for its brutal, bloody nature and the fighters that train for months…

(Video) Model with Down syndrome rises to international recognition

Wednesday, September 2, 2015Several months ago, I wrote about an aspiring Australian model named Madeline Stuart. In June, Stuart was busy trying to break into the fashion world as one of the first models with Down syndrome. I concluded that piece by saying,…

President Obama signs ABLE Act

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
President Obama
People with disabilities and their caregivers will be able to create tax-free savings accounts specifically for disability related expenses, under a new bill signed by President Barack Obama on December 19. The Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better…

Reports show pervasive disability discrimination in transplant decisions

Friday, April 5, 2013
Medical discrimination?
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network released a new report March 18 that calls for increased protections for people with disabilities when health care providers make life-saving organ transplant decisions. Surveys have found that health care providers decline to…