A new legal settlement seeks to make it easier for people with disabilities to exercise their voting rights in Chicago. The Department of Justice and the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago announced the agreement on April 20.
Disability Rights New York has filed a lawsuit against two staff members at a state Intermediate Care Facility, who allegedly released confidential information and spread false rumors on Facebook about a former patient.
Over the outcry of disability rights advocates nationwide, the United States House of Representatives voted 217-213 on May 4 to pass the American Health Care Act, rolling back most of the new protections for people with disabilities enacted under the 2010 Affordable Care Act and imposing substantial cuts to Medicaid.
Congress passed a last minute budget deal on May 1 to keep the government running through September, which, among other things, surprisingly increases special education funding.
In a new report released April 26, Disability Rights Oregon criticized the Oregon Department of Corrections for failing to make progress with many of the terms of a year-old settlement concerning the treatment of inmates with mental illness.
Disability Rights Maine released a new report April 19, documenting the results and defects of a now four-year-old law limiting the use of restraint and seclusion of students in schools.
A federal judge on April 19 granted a request for a preliminary injunction from Disability Rights Oregon, resetting hours for in-home care services recently cut by the state’s Medicaid agency for thousands of people with disabilities.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law April 18 that will make it significantly harder for people with disabilities to file Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits against businesses.
A recent Washington Post article, focusing on recipients of Social Security disability benefits in rural communities, is receiving extensive criticism from disability rights advocates.
On March 30, the Washington Post ran an article, titled "Disabled, or Just Desperate?” as part of its Disabled in America series, which seeks to explore how “disability is shaping the culture, economy and politics of these small communities.”
Indiana Disability Rights filed a complaint with the state’s education agency on April 3, accusing it of segregating children with disabilities by not allowing them to participate in recess.