Lawsuit: ADA’s “gender dysphoria” exclusion is discriminatory

Friday, May 27, 2016Two transgender individuals sued the Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records on May 13, contending that its refusal to provide them birth certificates without undergoing sex reassignment surgery (SRS) infringes upon their rights under federal equal protection and disability discrimination laws.…

Court: Museum must provide caregivers free admission

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Admission practices violate ADA
A federal court ruled May 9 that a Philadelphia-based museum violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to waive the admission fee for a caregiver assisting a patron with disabilities. Michael Anderson, a 35-year-old man…

City to pay $100K in housing discrimination case

Friday, May 22, 2015
Discrimination in housing
The city of Scranton, Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $100,000 to compensate six people with disabilities who were evicted from a halfway house. The individuals previously lived at the Oxford House, a facility for people recovering from…

Lawsuit challenges exclusion of Gender Identity Disorder from ADA protections

Monday, March 2, 2015
News from Pennsylvania
Kate Lynn Blatt, a transgender woman, began identifying as a woman in 2005. She changed her name, previously James, started dressing in feminine attire, grew long hair and began hormone therapy to change her physical appearance. Her…

Pennsylvania to phase out solitary confinement for prisoners with mental illness

Monday, January 12, 2015
News from Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and a coalition of disability advocates announced a settlement January 6, requiring the state to improve conditions for prisoners with mental illness in its 26 state correctional institutions. The settlement stems from…

DOJ sues West Virginia housing developer

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Accessible Housing
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in federal court against Biafora’s Inc. on September 30, accusing the West Virginia-based developer of constructing twenty three properties in West Virginia and Pennsylvania that do not meet disability accessibility standards.…

New “Chloe’s Law” mandates explanation of prenatal Down syndrome diagnoses

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
News from Pennsylvania
A new Pennsylvania law, that goes into effect October 1, requires doctors to provide “informational publications” to patients upon the finding of Down syndrome during prenatal testing. The impetus for the law comes from advocates concerned about…

Settlement reached to improve Amtrak station accessibility

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Amtrak station will be accessible
The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania and the National Passenger Railroad Corporation announced an agreement March 27 to improve disability accessibility at an Amtrak station in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. “We are thrilled to…

Lawsuit challenges “horrific conditions” at Pennsylvania prisons

Sunday, March 17, 2013For more than 23 hours per day, more than 800 people with mental illnesses are caged in the Pennsylvania Department of Correction’s Restricted Housing Units. The windowless rooms where they live average about 80 square feet, lack heating and cooling…

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