Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Disability Rights Washington lawsuit challenges state’s lack of home and community-based services

Wednesday, August 24, 2016The state of Washington is systematically violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by holding dozens of people with disabilities in “unnecessary and unjustified segregation, or placing them at risk of unnecessary and unjustified segregation,” Disability Rights Washington alleged in a…

Feds issue guidance on schools’ obligations to students with ADHD

Thursday, August 18, 2016The Department of Education released new guidance [PDF] to educators nationwide July 26, reminding them of their obligations under federal law to accommodate students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, regardless of their level of academic functioning. “On this 26th anniversary of the…

Class action status sought in school abuse complaint

Tuesday, August 9, 2016The Disability Rights Legal Center filed a motion July 11 to expand a lawsuit in federal court, first filed in October, accusing a California school district of systematically excluding students with intellectual disabilities from its services by failing to…

California school district sued over disciplinary practices

Monday, August 1, 2016The East County NAACP sued the Antioch Unified School District in the East Bay Area on July 6 for allegedly failing to meet the terms of an agreement announced 16 months ago. Under that agreement the District would be forced…

HHS finalizes new health care disability discrimination rules

Monday, May 30, 2016
DHHS issues anti-discrimination rules
The Department of Health and Human Services has released final rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s anti-discrimination protections, clarifying and expanding on the obligations of health care providers to accommodate patients with disabilities. Passed in 2010,…

Lawsuit tackles Ohio residential and employment segregation

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Home-Based Services
Disability Rights Ohio, the Center for Public Representation, Sidley Austin LLP and attorney Samuel Bagenstos hit the state of Ohio with a class-action lawsuit [PDF] March 31, accusing it of unnecessarily institutionalizing thousands of people with…

Housing developer to pay $350,000 over accessibility violations

Friday, March 25, 2016
Housing Developer Agrees to ‘Retrofit’ for Accessibility
A federal court signed off on a comprehensive settlement March 9 with the Department of Justice and an Alabama-based housing developer accused of building more than 2,500 inaccessible housing units in four states.…

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 rights groups sue Success Academy Charter Schools

Thursday, January 28, 2016New York City’s largest and most influential charter school system is the subject of a new complaint with the Department of Education [PDF], accusing it of violating a range of federal special education laws, particularly in regard to the…

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