New York

Senate passes bill to protect against wandering

Thursday, August 25, 2016The U.S. Senate unanimously voted July 14 in favor of a measure to fund tracking devices for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are prone to wandering. Kevin and Avonte’s Law, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) and Chuck…

(Video) Cara Reedy attributes her resilience to being a “female, black, little person” in an unaccommodating society

Monday, July 18, 2016Cara Reedy is an actor, writer, comedian, and blogger with achondroplastic dwarfism. She partnered with Digg to create the video below, called The Gift of Being Different, to discuss her experiences and share her insights. Reedy explains that as an…

NY court rules with disability activists in assisted suicide case

Friday, May 20, 2016
NY ruling on assisted suicide case
Echoing the arguments of an amicus brief filed by 11 disability rights groups, a New York state court has rejected a challenge to the state’s ban on physician-assisted suicide, finding that any…

Avonte’s Law moves forward

Friday, April 29, 2016
Tracking device bill moves to Senate floor
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-5 on April 14 to move a bill to the full Senate floor that would create a permanent federal funding source for tracking devices for people with autism…

Court: SSA can’t be sued to recover attorney’s fees

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
SSA cannot be sued for legal fees
A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by a disability rights law firm to sue the Social Security Administration for failing to reimburse it for legal fees it was owed for helping…

Disability rights groups weigh in on New York assisted suicide case

Friday, January 15, 2016
Assisted Suicide
Eleven disability rights groups, led by Not Dead Yet, filed an amicus brief in support of a recent court decision, currently on appeal, dismissing a challenge to New York State’s physician-assisted suicide law. “Our basic position…

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

Thursday, January 14, 2016
News from New York
Disability 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…

(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…

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