National Disability Rights Network

National Disability Rights Network The National Disability Rights Network is the nation's largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities. NDRN works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by guarding against abuse; advocating for basic rights; and ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
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Find more information on the issues that affect the lives of people with disabilities here: https://www.ndrn.org/issues/ada-civil-rights/ NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

Mission: NDRN’s mission is to promote the integrity and capacity of the P&A and CAP national network and to advocate for the enactment and vigorous enforcement of laws protecting civil and human rights of people with disabilities.

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Today is #VeteransDay. We know that 1 in 4 veterans in the U.S. have a disability and believe veterans deserve benefits,...
11/11/2020

Today is #VeteransDay. We know that 1 in 4 veterans in the U.S. have a disability and believe veterans deserve benefits, disability rights under the law, employment, education, and housing. Thank you to our nation's veterans for their sacrifice and service.

The Biden-Harris campaign laid out an ambitious plan to meet the needs of Americans with disabilities, and it is our sin...
11/09/2020
NDRN Congratulates Biden-Harris Campaign for Historic Win - NDRN

The Biden-Harris campaign laid out an ambitious plan to meet the needs of Americans with disabilities, and it is our sincere hope to see that plan carried out and fully implemented.

As the Biden transition team moves quickly to address the ongoing pandemic, we urge them to expand access to homecare aides so that more people can move out of nursing homes which have been ravaged by the coronavirus.

On behalf of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), we congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on their historic victory.

It's our right to get on an airplane. Yes, WITH our wheelchairs.
11/04/2020
Paralyzed Veterans of America

It's our right to get on an airplane. Yes, WITH our wheelchairs.

A federal law, the Air Carrier Access Act, says an airline cannot refuse to take a passenger on the basis of his disability. Kenneth Shiotani, an attorney with the National Disability Rights Network, looked through the U.S. Department of Transportation's regulations around that act and said he believes a weight limit on wheelchairs violates the act.

Air travel is often essential, says Lee Page of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. "He needs to get there for job opportunities, or get there because of a family emergency or get there because he's got a health appointment," Page says. "And in some cases, the only way to get to that destination might be that flight."

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For democracy to work for all of us, every eligible voter must have our voices heard and our votes counted. #CountEveryV...
11/04/2020
NDRN Executive Director: "Count Every Vote" - NDRN

For democracy to work for all of us, every eligible voter must have our voices heard and our votes counted. #CountEveryVote #EveryVoteCounts

We stand strongly in favor of counting every vote to prevent further erosions of the rights of the one in six voters with a disability.

Today is Election Day! It’s time to show the power of the #DisabilityVote cast your ballot today in person or at a ballo...
11/03/2020

Today is Election Day! It’s time to show the power of the #DisabilityVote cast your ballot today in person or at a ballot dropbox!

Thanks to Lyft, our community will have access to free or discounted transportation to get to the polls. To get up to $30 ride credit, use promo code NDRNVOTE https://www.lyft.com/invite/NDRNVOTE

11/02/2020
Take Action and Vote!

In this wrap-up video, Juliet Salih, Valerie Novack, Ruqayyah Bailey, Mia Ives-Rublee, Mary-Ann Langton, Imani Barbarin, Rafael Rolón-Muñiz, Crosby King, and Sean Gold, and Zach Borodkin call on us to get out there and vote! We’d like to express our gratitude for their participation, and all of the individuals who contributed their stories, in the National Disability Rights Network’s get out the vote video series: https://www.ndrn.org/voting/stories/

Please let us know how your experience went using the SABE GoVoter Project survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SABEGoVoter2020survey

11/02/2020
What Will Election Day Be Like?

We worked with The Autistic Self Advocacy Network to make the "What Will Election Day be Like?" section of their "Your Vote Counts: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Voting in the U.S." into this video. For more Easy Read information about voting, check out ASAN's voting toolkit at https://autisticadvocacy.org/voting

Now, here's what happens when you vote on Election Day:

11/01/2020
Self-Advocates - Go and Vote!

Teresa Moore, a voter in Arizona, is the Director of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered SABE GoVoter Project. Teresa throws down some serious knowledge about voting, especially for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She shares how people with disabilities can maintain the right to vote when they have guardianships. Teresa’s message is this: If you care about an issue or a candidate, VOTE!

Visit https://www.VotersWithDisabilities.org to share your story and register to vote.

10/31/2020
Now, It's Very Important

Watch Spencer Rigby discuss his love of hunting and the outdoors, and the accommodations that enable him to pursue his passions. He’s determined to cast his ballot, whether that’s by mail or in person.

Visit https://www.VotersWithDisabilities.org to share your story and register to vote.

10/30/2020
Keep Up the Good Fight

In this new video, Crosby King explores how he grew into an activist after becoming disabled, and his history of protests and arrests. He believes homes in the community is the most important issue facing people with disabilities. Crosby encourages others to get out to vote and show up in order to demand access everywhere.

Visit https://www.VotersWithDisabilities.org to share your story and register to vote.

The violent police response to Mr. Wallace’s crisis could have been avoided had the City of Philadelphia taken steps to ...
10/29/2020
NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker’s Statement on the Death of Walter Wallace - NDRN

The violent police response to Mr. Wallace’s crisis could have been avoided had the City of Philadelphia taken steps to reform its emergency response system. In several jurisdictions from Eugene, Oregon to Denver, Colorado to New York City, communities have developed, or are in the process of developing, non-police emergency response systems so as to avoid violent or coercive outcomes.

The development and implementation of such a new emergency response system should be an immediate priority.

Mr. Wallace’s family members, who witnessed the horrific shooting scene, have stated they had called 911 for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for police intervention.

10/28/2020
Not Just Appreciate It, but Be a Part of It

What made you politically active? For Rafael of National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, it was because he had the opportunity to come to Washington DC, the center of politics. It helped him learn what was going on and how to get involved, "It really made me have to not just appreciate it, but be a part of it, and hat to actually make sure I had my own voice… make sure that I knew what I wanted to talk about." #OneVoteNow

Consulte el siguiente link para este informacion en español: https://www.ndrn.org/story/no-solo-aprecielo-sino-tambien-sea-parte-de-el/

10/27/2020
Make Your Vote Count

Chris Hayes, who is Deaf, knows that politicians don’t always understand the issues impacting his community and how that influences his vote. For him, sharing the needs of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with politicians is everyone's responsibility. Chris says the most important way to do that is to vote.

Visit https://www.VotersWithDisabilities.org to share your story and register to vote.

We joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities CCD in comments urging the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunizat...
10/26/2020
NDRN Joins CCD in Submitting Comments to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - NDRN

We joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities CCD in comments urging the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to include all residents of congregate facilities in Phase 1 of allocation, protect the civil rights of people with disabilities in allocation decisions and ensure that the physical distribution and administration of the vaccine is accessible to people with disabilities.

The comments were in response to the October 2020 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While there's not been a lot of coverage about what the presidential candidates would do if elected, it's also important...
10/26/2020
Voters with Disabilities Activated - Register To Vote Today | NDRN

While there's not been a lot of coverage about what the presidential candidates would do if elected, it's also important to note that the president appoints numerous individuals who impact the lives of people with disabilities. And not just the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services!

For instance, the president appoints the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The president also appoints the heads of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, who is responsible for the benefits of countless disabled veterans. And that’s not all, the president appoints the heads of U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, two appointees who can have a real impact on the ability of people with disabilities to receive full access to transportation.

And there’s more. The president also appoints the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, who respectively impact our rights to equal access in pursuit of education and housing. And of course, the president appoints members of the National Council on Disability. These are just a few ways that not just the president, but also who they appoint, impacts people with disabilities. And all the more reason to be sure to vote this November! https://www.ndrn.org/voting/

No matter what state or territory you are in, we can help you register, learn your rights, and make a plan to vote. Register to vote today!

Excited to vote? Well, guess what? You don’t have to wait until November to vote. Today is #VoteEarlyDay, so drop off yo...
10/24/2020

Excited to vote? Well, guess what? You don’t have to wait until November to vote. Today is #VoteEarlyDay, so drop off your ballot in the mail, at a ballot dropbox, or visit your local polling place!

Learn more about state specific voting rules from Vote Early Day's website at https://www.voteearlyday.org/how-to/ and remember to check out all of our resources at VotersWithDisabilities.org!

Curbside voting is a life-saving measure for people with disabilities at the polls who are at greater risk of contractin...
10/22/2020
Supreme Court Blocks Curbside Voting In Alabama, An Option During Pandemic

Curbside voting is a life-saving measure for people with disabilities at the polls who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. We are beyond disappointed in the Supreme Court's decision to ban this option for voters with disabilities in Alabama.

The high court issued its order Wednesday night, over the dissent of the court's three liberal justices. The practice was intended to accommodate people with disabilities and at-risk individuals.

Studies suggest that higher rates of households cannot provide enough food for everyone under their roofs since the COVI...
10/21/2020
NDRN Joins CCD to Thank USDA for Continued Extension of Flexibilities Allowing Free School Meals for All Children - NDRN

Studies suggest that higher rates of households cannot provide enough food for everyone under their roofs since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and that food insecurity rates are estimated to have tripled among households with children.

We joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities CCD in a letter thanking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a continued extension of nationwide flexibilities that will help ensure children, including those with disabilities, who rely on free and reduced-price school meals remain fed throughout the rest of the school year.

The letter thanks USDA for the continued expansion of nationwide flexibilities that allow free school meals for all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year.

10/20/2020
We Can Change the World

In this new video, Ruqayyah Bailey shares how her family's history of activism and a desire for change keeps her politically active. Ruqayyah, who has Autism and has a guardian, reminds us that people with disabilities can run for president and that we can "change the world!"

Visit https://www.VotersWithDisabilities.org to share your story and register to vote.

10/16/2020
Writing Isn't Second Nature, It's My First

In this new video, Sean Gold - Author and Advocate, reflects on his writing and what politics means for him. Sean, who has cerebral palsy and uses a tracheostomy breathing tube, has always had a love for writing. Watch to learn more that and about why expanding access to healthcare keeps Sean voting!

Visit https://www.VotersWithDisabilities.org to share your story and register to vote.

The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Census will co...
10/15/2020
2020 Census Ruling Causes Further Disorder and Uncertainty for An Accurate Count - NDRN

The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Census will conclude today, October 15, 2020.

Visit 2020census.gov or call 884-330-2020 and make sure #DisabilityCounts2020 before 11:59 pm HST.

NDRN is greatly disappointed with the U.S. Census Bureau’s decision to end 2020 Census operations early following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

10/14/2020
You Left Us Out

In our latest video, Mia Ives-Rublee discusses her involvement in founding the Women's March Disability Caucus. She explains what drove her to do so, what was accomplished, and why it is necessary to include people with disabilities. She highlights some of the unique challenges women with disabilities have faced over the last several years when it comes to organizing and participating in mass movements, and encourages all people with disabilities to vote.

Visit https://www.VotersWithDisabilities.org to share your story and register to vote.

The findings in a new report, drafted by NDRN with assistance from the Institute for Community Inclusion under a coopera...
10/14/2020
New Report Calls for the Phase Out of the AbilityOne Program - NDRN

The findings in a new report, drafted by NDRN with assistance from the Institute for Community Inclusion under a cooperative agreement with the National Council on Disability, point to an outdated employment model which results in the segregation and fewer advancement opportunities for certain people with disabilities employed under the AbilityOne program.

NDRN applauds NCD in calling for the phase out of the AbilityOne Program in its latest report "Policies from the Past in a Modern Era: The Unintended Consequences of the AbilityOne Program & Section 14(c)."

"A lot of the ways that we relied on getting the ballot to people who lived in nursing homes and long-term care faciliti...
10/12/2020
Some Nursing Home Residents Struggle To Vote Amid COVID-19

"A lot of the ways that we relied on getting the ballot to people who lived in nursing homes and long-term care facilities have been eliminated by the pandemic." - Michelle Bishop, NDRN's Voter Access & Engagement Manager

Those who can't easily travel or fill out a mail ballot on their own face possible disenfranchisement.

10/08/2020
Angry Enough to Stay Politically Active

Learn what Juliet Salih, a schoolteacher with cerebral palsy, has to say about the lack of accessibility in our education system and the country in general, and why you need to get politically involved, starting by casting your ballot this election. As Juliet puts it, “Seeing what people with disabilities have to go through just to exercise our political right to vote makes me angry enough to stay politically active because I want to see that changed."

Please visit https://www.VotersWithDisabilities.org to share your story and to register to vote (depending on your state).

People are grappling with a deteriorating economic situation, housing instability, and food insecurity just to name a fe...
10/07/2020
Trump Administration Must Resume Comprehensive Stimulus Package Negotiations - NDRN

People are grappling with a deteriorating economic situation, housing instability, and food insecurity just to name a few of the issues facing people every day. These problems which are acutely real and center for many, including those with disabilities, cannot continue to go unaddressed.

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is extremely disappointed in the Administration’s decision to end negotiations on a comprehensive coronavirus relief bill until after the election and we strongly urge an immediate resumption of the negotiations.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
10/05/2020
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Today is the LAST DAY to register to vote in these 13 states:

Arizona
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Mississippi
Ohio
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas

Register now! autisticadvocacy.org/vote/

The Protection and Advocacy in Education Act will help students with disabilities receive appropriate educational servic...
10/01/2020
Support Students with Disabilities

The Protection and Advocacy in Education Act will help students with disabilities receive appropriate educational services and ensure that students and families have a recourse when their rights are violated.

The bill provides critical dedicated funding for the nationwide Protection and Advocacy (P&A) network to enforce the rights that students are guaranteed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

You can do your part to protect the rights of students with disabilities by asking your Representative to support this bill. Take action now!

Congress must pass the Protection and Advocacy in Education Act which will help students with disabilities receive appropriate educational services and ensure that students and families have a recourse when their rights are violated.

As the network of Protection and Advocacy agencies around the country are working to protect people with disabilities fr...
09/30/2020
NDRN Applauds the Introduction of HEROES Act Update - NDRN

As the network of Protection and Advocacy agencies around the country are working to protect people with disabilities from abuse and neglect, and ensure access to needed services and supports - we express our gratitude to House Leadership for introducing an updated version of the HEROES Act.

NDRN expresses its gratitude to House Leadership for introducing an updated version of the HEROES Act.

All census experts, including senior bureau officials, have said the bureau cannot produce accurate, high-quality census...
09/29/2020
Don’t Cut the 2020 Census Short, Extend the Census Reporting Deadline

All census experts, including senior bureau officials, have said the bureau cannot produce accurate, high-quality census data in a shortened time frame for data processing. Every state will have skewed census results for the next 10 years, and Congress can't allocate vital federal assistance wisely to help all communities recover from the pandemic. Congress must act.

Also, there is still time to self-respond! Visit my2020census.gov or call (844) 330-2020 to get counted today.

Tell Congress they must protect the 2020 Census by passing the 2020 Census Deadline Extensions Act.

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