Wisconsin

Brendan Dassey conviction overturned

Monday, August 29, 2016A judge overturned the murder conviction of a man with intellectual disabilities on August 12 who was the subject of a high-profile documentary spotlighting the role of disability in confessions in the criminal justice system. “This must be a bittersweet…

DOJ, Milwaukee reach comprehensive ADA settlement

Tuesday, June 28, 2016The City of Milwaukee will spend $3.4 million over the next three years on infrastructure improvements for people with disabilities, under a comprehensive settlement announced June  9 with the Department of Justice. “Cities and towns must comply with the (American…

Bill would provide new protections for children with disabilities in abuse cases

Wednesday, January 27, 2016The Wisconsin Assembly unanimously passed a bill January 19 that directs the state’s child protective services agency to set clear standards for interacting with children with disabilities when they are suspected of being the subject of child abuse or neglect.…

Wisconsin court rules for hospital in end-of-life case

Friday, January 2, 2015Patient 1, as identified in court documents, was a 13-year-old boy with developmental disabilities who had pneumonia. His parents, after consulting with doctors at the University of Wisconsin Hospital Clinics, decided that his prognosis and quality of life were so…

Legal brief challenges Wisconsin hospital’s “end-of-life” practices

Tuesday, June 3, 2014Fourteen disability rights groups filed an amicus brief May 23 in a four-year-old case challenging the University of Wisconsin Hospital Center’s alleged “practice of counseling families of people with developmental disabilities to withhold care for treatable but potentially life-threatening medical…

7th Circuit dismisses challenges to Wisconsin Medicaid cuts

Tuesday, July 16, 2013The court has shut its doors to a group of individuals with disabilities who sought to challenge recent changes to Wisconsin’s Medicaid program that places them at risk of being institutionalized. On July 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for…

Top special education official leaves for the private sector

Sunday, August 19, 2012Alexa Posney, the nation’s top special education official, stepped down from her role as assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, effective August 9. Posney, who has served in the Obama Administration since 2009, will…

Bank of America charged with disability discrimination

Monday, March 5, 2012The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a lawsuit February 27 against Bank of America, alleging that the bank “imposes unnecessary and unduly burdensome” requirements on people with disabilities applying for home loans. “Holding homebuyers with disabilities to…

Appellate Court rules against Milwaukee special education plan, disability advocates

Sunday, February 5, 2012The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on Friday decertified class action status in a major lawsuit against the Milwaukee Public School District, overturning a previous settlement and potentially signaling a new shift against class action, special education…

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