All nonprofessional guardians for people with disabilities will be required to undergo online training with periodic license renewal, under a new state bill that went into effect July 22.
In another case heard before the state supreme court, DRW testified on behalf of the ability of guardians to advocate in a manner that prioritizes the autonomy of the person with a disability. Expenses for advocacy should be covered, DRW argued, only when a direct benefit for the individual in the guardianship can be demonstrated, or if consistent with expressed wants and needs. Opposing council had argued guardians should be able to use money of their wards freely, to lobby, travel to DC and advocate as they wished, as if they could 'step in the shoes' of the individual with the disability.
A new project focuses on domestic violence against women with disabilities in long-term care facilities, instigated by care providers.
Recent investigations reveal continued abuse of restraint and seclusion for youth with disabilities in institutions. DRW continues to work with organizations to employ safe restraint or seclusion, only as permitted by law.
This quick primer illustrates how protection and advocacy systems, like DRW, are sanctioned by law to access facilities and records when investigating the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities.
Public Policy Director, David Lord, articulates why more lawmaker and political party education is needed to protect the important place people with disabilities have in the political process.
Civil rights are for everyone, everywhere. Find the latest national, international and local disability rights news, along with commentary, history, and review of law development.
A visit from the Governor's office, African drummers, and over 400 attendees crowded the capitol steps to promote community-based services and independent living at this year's March rally. Mental health advocate Marie Jubie, left, echoed the crowd's resounding, "No!" after asking if a little rain could get in their way.