US Department of Justice

DOJ sues Georgia school system over segregation of students with disabilities

Friday, September 9, 2016The Department of Justice sued the state of Georgia on August 23, accusing it of systematically violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by segregating thousands of students with disabilities in a separate, inferior educational system. “This complaint alleges that many…

Baltimore police report spotlights disability rights violations

Monday, September 5, 2016The Baltimore Police Department systematically violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the civil rights of people with disabilities, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declared in a 164-page report released August 11. Launched in response to the protests

DOJ files Olmstead lawsuit against Mississippi

Wednesday, August 31, 2016The Department of Justice sued the state of Mississippi on August 11, accusing it of “unnecessarily and illegally” institutionalizing hundreds of people with mental illness daily in its state hospitals. “When individuals with mental illness receive the services they…

New regulations seek to clarify ADA’s scope

Wednesday, August 31, 2016The Department of Justice published new regulations August 11, implementing a 2008 law that sought to counter a series of Supreme Court decisions that had narrowed the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “This final rule clarifies Congress’s original…

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…

DOJ files voting access suit against Texas county

Monday, August 15, 2016The Department of Justice sued the nation’s third-largest county August 4, contending that its polling stations are overwhelmingly inaccessible to voters with mobility and visual disabilities. “Like all voters, individuals with disabilities deserve the opportunity to vote at their local…

26 years later – The ADA is not a suggestion

Tuesday, July 26, 2016July twenty-sixth will mark the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, our “Emancipation Proclamation.” This sweeping law was the result of decades of work by activists committed to the idea that everyone has a place in society. It…

DOJ: Nevada illegally segregating inmates with HIV, other disabilities

Tuesday, July 12, 2016In a letter issued to the Nevada Department of Corrections [PDF] on June 20, the Department of Justice accused the state of subjecting people with HIV and other disabilities to a variety of forms of segregation and stigmatization, in violation…

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