In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee dated March 13, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities voiced strong opposition to a proposed bill that it argues would create “significant obstacles” for people with disabilities pursuing lawsuits against businesses and other places of public accommodation.
A federal court has signed off on a settlement with disability advocates in Oregon and Providence Health Care, ending a long-running dispute over its coverage of applied behavioral therapy, the primary treatment for young children with autism.
In a victory for disability rights advocates, the Texas Education Agency will remove a policy that prevented an estimated hundreds of thousands of students with disabilities from receiving special education services.
Recently, Thomas Andres was arrested in the Tri-Cities area while experiencing a mental health crisis. His mother told a news reporter that she had reached out to the crisis center two times prior to his arrest. This news comes one year after Marc Moreno’s death, and this week, on March 14, he would have turned twenty years old.
Disability advocates are voicing opposition to a new policy brief, distributed by the House Republican Leadership last month, which aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid-funded services for people with disabilities.
Mr. Jones, a 55-year-old man with schizophrenia, is a former detainee at the Multnomah County Detention Center, in Portland, Oregon. One day, Mr. Jones refused a staff deputy’s order to shower and allegedly charged at him. Rather than calling for backup, the deputy subsequently Tasered Mr. Jones in the back, kicked him repeatedly in the face, and forced him into a restraint chair, before he was later rushed to the hospital for “extensive facial fractures.”
Disability Rights Montana is opposing a bill introduced into the state house that makes it a crime to fraudulently misrepresent a service dog. House Bill 364, heard by the state’s House Human Services Committee on February 13, would punish such actions as a misdemeanor, punishable up to $500 for each violation.
The Arizona Center for Disability Law is calling on Arizona legislators to reject a bill that would create a “cure period” for business that fail to make their facilities and services accessible to people with disabilities.
In a letter to legislators sent last month, the nations’ largest coalition of disability rights advocates urged passage of a new bill, known as the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act.
In a federal lawsuit filed March 2, Disability Rights Pennsylvania alleges that a new restaurant from Food Network and Iron Chef star Jose Garces is inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities and those who use wheelchairs.