Disability Rights

Mom-To-Be Sues To Have Accommodations In Delivery Room

A woman who is profoundly deaf is suing a local hospital to ensure that a sign language interpreter will be available when she gives birth in the coming weeks.

Advocates Cracking Down On Sheltered Workshops

A nationwide effort is underway to lodge federal complaints against sheltered workshops that are not fully complying with the law.

Movie Theaters May Soon Be More Accessible

The Obama administration wants movie theaters nationwide to do more to accommodate people with disabilities.

UN Disability Treaty Clears Senate Committee

Two years after rejecting an international disability rights treaty, the U.S. Senate is poised to reconsider the matter.

Justice Department Developing Disability Training For Police

Plans are in the works at the U.S. Department of Justice to roll out law enforcement training focused on people with disabilities.

Voters With Special Needs Allegedly Disenfranchised

Thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are being illegally denied the right to vote, advocates say.

Senator Calls For Expansion Of Community-Based Services

A new proposal in the U.S. Senate would eliminate a government bias toward placing people with disabilities in institutional rather than community-based settings.

Athlete With Down Syndrome Sues For Right To Compete

A 24-year-old with Down syndrome is suing in federal court after he was allegedly denied the opportunity to compete in the sport he loves due to his disability.

Parents Lose Bid To Bar Son With Special Needs From Marrying

It’s going to take a lot more to keep a 27-year-old group home resident from marrying the woman he loves than a court ruling and his parents’ objections.

Test Maker Settles Disability Suit With Justice Department

In a deal with the federal government, the maker of a standardized test is agreeing to sweeping changes to ensure those with disabilities receive the accommodations they’re entitled to.

Judge Steps In So Man With Disability Can Wed

A man unable to marry for more than a year because of his disability will get to tie the knot thanks to a federal court order.

Parents Accuse School Of Denying Son Over Diagnosis

The parents of a 3-year-old are suing in federal court after they say their son’s preschool acceptance was rescinded when school officials learned of his autism diagnosis.

UN: People With Disabilities Free To Make Own Decisions

People with even the most severe disabilities have the right to make their own decisions, no matter if their choices are risky or ultimately turn out to be mistakes, a U.N. panel says.

Court: Mom Acted Wrongly In Arranging Son’s Vasectomy

In a case centering on the rights of people with intellectual disabilities, a court has ruled that an Iowa mother overstepped when she arranged a vasectomy for her son with special needs.

Feds Impose Stiffer ADA Penalties

For the first time in more than a decade, the fines that the federal government can impose for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act are set to rise.

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