Disability Rights

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.

Lawsuits Often Fail To Satisfy Either Side Of ADA Coin

No matter which side they’re on, the people involved in disability access lawsuits seem to have one thing in common: supreme frustration.

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.

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