Disability Rights

Guidance Sought On Rights Of Flyers With Autism

Weeks after a teen with autism and her family were booted from a United Airlines flight, advocates are calling on federal authorities to remind air carriers of their responsibilities.

Feds Probe Disenfranchisement Of People With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating allegations that people with developmental disabilities have been illegally denied the right to vote when placed under conservatorships.

Main Street Fighting Back Against Flurry Of Accessibility Suits

A nonprofit that’s filed dozens of disability access lawsuits is looking to bring criminal charges against those who violate the ADA, but now business owners are vowing to fight.

Under New Law, Self-Advocates To Train Police

Self-advocates will take a role in training police on interacting with people who have developmental disabilities under a first-of-its-kind law.

Disability-Related Education Complaints Trending Up

Federal education officials are fielding an increasing number of complaints related to disability discrimination in the nation’s schools.

Supreme Court Considers Police Obligations Under ADA

In a case before the nation’s high court, justices are weighing the role of the Americans with Disabilities Act during encounters with law enforcement.

Obama Task Force Urges Improved Police Interactions

A presidential task force is encouraging police departments across the nation to be more mindful of their dealings with people who have disabilities.

Child Wrongly Removed From Mom With Disability, Feds Say

Just two days after a 19-year-old with intellectual disability gave birth, state officials took her newborn away in an act the federal government contends violated the woman’s civil rights.

With Caregiver Pay Hike, States Warned About ADA Obligations

As new rules roll out mandating better pay for in-home care workers, federal officials say states must not compromise the rights of people with disabilities in the process.

Supreme Court To Weigh Police Obligations Under ADA

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could set standards for police treatment of people with disabilities.

Senate Unlikely To Reconsider UN Disability Treaty

There is not enough support in the U.S. Senate to warrant another vote on ratification of an international disability rights treaty, according to one of the measure’s chief backers.

Schools Must Offer Communication Supports, Feds Say

The Obama administration is reminding schools of their wide-ranging responsibilities to students with disabilities who struggle with speech and other communication difficulties.

Justice Department Monitoring Disability Access At Polls

Federal officials are fanning out across the country on Election Day to ensure that voters — including those with disabilities — don’t encounter barriers to casting their ballots.

Former Students Offered Make-Up Special Education Services

A federal judge is ordering one state to offer services to some 1,800 former special education students who were forced out of public schools two years early.

Suit Accuses Papa John’s Of Violating ADA

The EEOC is accusing Papa John’s Pizza of discrimination after an employee with Down syndrome was fired, allegedly because he needed the assistance of a job coach.

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