Law

Gun Access May Be Banned For Many With Disabilities

Seeking tighter controls over firearms, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if their monthly disability payments are handled by others.

Justice Department Says Georgia Illegally Segregates Students

Schools are unlawfully segregating students with disabilities, federal officials allege, requiring them to use separate restrooms and special entrances, among other limitations.

YMCA Accused Of Excluding Boy With Down Syndrome

An Ohio mother is suing in federal court claiming that her son with Down syndrome was denied access to a camp for typically-developing kids and was instead limited to a segregated program.

Complaint Alleges ADA Violations In Conservatorship Proceedings

A disability-rights group is alleging widespread civil rights violations of those with intellectual disabilities who are under limited conservatorships in one of America’s largest cities.

New Tool Helps Police Tailor Response To Those With Special Needs

A database that allows families to proactively offer information to police about the special needs of those with developmental disabilities is easing interactions with law enforcement.

Guardianship Often Recommended Over Alternatives

Full guardianship is most frequently recommended for people with disabilities as they enter adulthood over other less-restrictive options, a new survey suggests.

Boy Scouts Accused Of Kicking Out Teen With Asperger’s

After seven years participating in the Boy Scouts, the parents of a teenager on the spectrum are suing over the “improper and illegal” revocation of their son’s membership.

Schools Accused Of Forcing Out Special Education Students

Advocates are accusing schools across one of the nation’s largest states of using truancy laws to funnel kids with disabilities off their rolls.

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.

Supreme Court Punts On Special Ed, ADA Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court chose not to rule on whether the ADA applies during police encounters the same day the court said it would not consider a closely-watched special education case.

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.

Mom Accused Of Abandoning Son With Cerebral Palsy In Woods

A mom is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly abandoning her 21-year-old son who has cerebral palsy and quadriplegia in the woods for days.

Unfit For Trial, Many With Special Needs Stuck Behind Bars

Many people with developmental disabilities are languishing in jail simply because they’ve been deemed unfit to stand trial and treatment facilities are unavailable.

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