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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The Raise the Wage Act has been introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate. But we still need your help ...
02/10/2021
Raise the Wage

The Raise the Wage Act has been introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate. But we still need your help to get it passed by Congress! Use this form to email your Senators and Representatives and help bring an end to blatant economic discrimination against people with disabilities.

Take action now to support the Raise the Wage Act.

02/05/2021
National Disability Rights Network

Re-sharing our February 5th feature of Leroy Moore from last year's #DisabilityRightsInBlack series. Head to our website to check out Leroy's “Black Disabled History 101”: https://www.ndrn.org/resource/drib2020-leroy-moore/

It’s Day 5 of our #DisabilityRightsinBlack series and it’s time to crank up the music and creativity as we celebrate Leroy Moore! Co-founder of Krip Hop Nation World-Wide, a movement designed to amplify the music and messages of disabled Hip-Hop artists, Leroy’s advocacy rhythmically flows throughout his work. He is a poet, writer, artist, documentary filmmaker and mentor to many. Check out a Black History Month message from the man himself!

Listen to "Black Disabled History 101" here: https://www.ndrn.org/drib2020-leroy-moore-song
Read the transcript of "Black Disabled History 101" here: https://www.ndrn.org/drib2020-leroy-moore-songlyrics

An NDRN investigation in 2013 found numerous barriers at Amtrak stations all over the country. We then submitted a compl...
02/04/2021
Amtrak Begins Compensating People with Disabilities Facing Barriers at Stations - NDRN

An NDRN investigation in 2013 found numerous barriers at Amtrak stations all over the country. We then submitted a complaint to The United States Department of Justice which spurred their investigation and eventual settlement with Amtrak.

Learn more about the settlement at https://amtrakdisabilitysettlement.com/

An investigation in 2013 by NDRN found numerous barriers at stations all over the country. NDRN then submitted a complaint to DOJ which spurred their investigation and eventual settlement with Amtrak.

Alaska children are being sent to often for-profit, locked psychiatric treatment facilities in distant states, separatin...
02/03/2021
Justice Department opens civil rights probe into whether Alaska ‘unnecessarily institutionalizes’ children

Alaska children are being sent to often for-profit, locked psychiatric treatment facilities in distant states, separating them from their families. A complaint submitted by Disability Law Center of Alaska to the U.S. Department of Justice has resulted in an investigation being opened against the State.

The investigation will examine whether Alaska youths being sent to locked hospitals or Outside psychiatric facilities could instead be treated in their homes and communities — if the right supports were available.

We are extremely alarmed by recent incidents in Florida schools involving a Student Resource Officer (SRO) slamming a st...
02/02/2021
NDRN Extremely Alarmed by Two Incidents of Violence against Students in Florida - NDRN

We are extremely alarmed by recent incidents in Florida schools involving a Student Resource Officer (SRO) slamming a student’s head on the ground and another student being tasered.

Too often, SROs escalate, rather than de-escalate conflict. SROs reinforce the cruel reality that police violence permeates many aspects of our society, including our schools.

NDRN is extremely alarmed by two incidents last week in two Florida schools involving an SRO slamming a student’s head on the ground and another student being tasered.

Protection and Advocacy agencies are fighting to get people with disabilities equal access to treatment and vaccinations...
02/01/2021
COVID-19 Response: Support for P&As, DD Councils and UCEDDs

Protection and Advocacy agencies are fighting to get people with disabilities equal access to treatment and vaccinations. P&As are working to stop the spread of the virus in nursing homes and other places where people with disabilities live. They are being called upon to help students displaced from special education services. They are assisting people who have lost their jobs, are in danger of losing their housing, need Medicaid, depend on public transportation systems that are cutting services, and so much more.

Please tell your Representative and Senators that you want them to include funding for the nation’s Protection and Advocacy agencies and our Developmental Disabilities Act partners in the next COVID relief legislation.

It is imperative that Congress support the crucial work of the P&As, Councils, and UCEDDs by including $50 million to support activities authorized in the DD Act in the next COVID-19 response bill.

While the 2020 General Election is over, the work to improve access and increase the participation of voters with disabi...
01/30/2021
Disability Community Fears Paper Ballot Mandate Will Hurt Voters with Disabilities - NDRN

While the 2020 General Election is over, the work to improve access and increase the participation of voters with disabilities in the electoral process continues!

We joined nearly twenty national disability organizations to express concern that a paper ballot mandate will hurt voters with disabilities. Before paper-based voting systems become the law of the land, the harm to voters with disabilities must be addressed.

Any mandate of a paper-based voting system will inevitably harm voters with disabilities.

Our Washington State member agency, Disability Rights Washington, is calling on their state's child welfare program to s...
01/29/2021
Youth in Washington Foster Care Sue State for Policies that ‘Essentially Rendered them Homeless” - Disability Rights Washington

Our Washington State member agency, Disability Rights Washington, is calling on their state's child welfare program to step up to its constitutional, legal, and moral responsibilities.

According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of three named plaintiffs, hundreds of similarly situated foster children, and DRW, DCYF is shuttling children with behavioral health and developmental disabilities from hotels to state offices to other one-night stays, “essentially rendering them homeless ...

A big win for homeless individuals, advocates, and state and local officials! A new executive order has now directed FEM...
01/27/2021
New Executive Order Addresses Urgent Health and Housing Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness

A big win for homeless individuals, advocates, and state and local officials!

A new executive order has now directed FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover 100% of approved costs for moving individuals experiencing homelessness and living in congregate settings or encampments to safer living spaces in hotels and motels.

Learn more on the executive order from National Low Income Housing Coalition.

President Biden signed an executive order on January 21 that enables states and communities to address the urgent health and housing needs of people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was just announced that every White House press briefing will include an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter mov...
01/25/2021
White House adding sign language interpreter for briefings

It was just announced that every White House press briefing will include an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter moving forward. #DisabilityRightsNews

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is adding a sign language interpreter to its daily press briefings. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the move during Monday’s briefing, and an interpreter could be seen on the White House’s YouTube stream of the event. Psaki said Presid...

Timely coverage from NPR in light of the important work the Protection and Advocacy network is doing in the area of comm...
01/19/2021
'I've Tried Everything': Pandemic Worsens Child Mental Health Crisis

Timely coverage from NPR in light of the important work the Protection and Advocacy network is doing in the area of community based mental health services for youth with disabilities.

When schools closed last spring, children with severe mental illnesses were cut off from the services they'd come to rely on. Many have since spiraled into emergency rooms and even police custody.

We're proud to join 47 other disability organizations in issuing a new Communication Equity Call to Action to the incomi...
01/14/2021
Communication Equity Call to Action | CommunicationFIRST

We're proud to join 47 other disability organizations in issuing a new Communication Equity Call to Action to the incoming administration. This Call to Action lists nine critical key steps to protecting the rights and interests of people with expressive communication disabilities.

Check it out now via Communication First:

CommunicationFIRST and the 47 undersigned supporters of communication rights, access, and equity urge the incoming Biden-Harris Administration to take immediate and specific steps to safeguard and advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities, especially individuals who have little....

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is collecting personal experiences of voters with disabilities for the 2020 Ele...
01/13/2021
Surveys for Voters With Disabilities - NDRN

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is collecting personal experiences of voters with disabilities for the 2020 Election. Learning about these experiences can help election officials improve their voting services and help disability organizations figure out where to focus their voter education - please complete the survey today!

This page includes surveys from our partner organizations that can be completed by voters with disabilities. The information collected by these surveys helps NDRN and our partners find out what areas of the voting process need improvement and guide our advocacy. Thank you for taking the time to shar...

Since we're still in this pandemic, we're resharing our "Know Your Rights during COVID-19" series. We hope this series w...
01/11/2021
Know Your Rights during the COVID-19 Pandemic Series - NDRN

Since we're still in this pandemic, we're resharing our "Know Your Rights during COVID-19" series. We hope this series will continue to help to strengthen self-advocacy, address racial inequities, and protect the rights/lives of people with disabilities.

In this series of videos, NDRN explains what your rights are and what you can do if you believe your rights are being violated.

"Title VI is too important for changes to be made in secret, at the 11th hour, and without public notice and comment. Th...
01/07/2021
NDRN Condemns Efforts to Eliminate Affirmative Action and Key Racial Discrimination Protections in Midnight Rulemaking - NDRN

"Title VI is too important for changes to be made in secret, at the 11th hour, and without public notice and comment. That is why the law requires public input. Discrimination remains a part of daily life for many people with disabilities who are also people of color." - Curt Decker, Executive Director

Title VI is too important for changes to be made in secret, at the 11th hour, and without public notice and comment.

01/05/2021
Rooted in Rights

As we continue to connect via video meetings, we must be as accessible as possible. Learn from people with disabilities in this video from Rooted in Rights about effective engagement and participation, and then share it with others! #a11y https://fb.watch/2QM88qC1-5/

Accessible meetings are effective meetings. Whether you're catching up with a friend or discussing the latest project at work, accessibility ensures that everyone can fully engage and participate.

Funded by King County Wastewater Treatment Division and the Coal Creek Sewer Upgrade Project.

01/04/2021
Muslim Advocates

Four years ago today, Muhammad Muhaymin died in the custody of the Phoenix police. He was stopped for bringing a service animal into a bathroom. All too frequently people with disabilities like Muhammad suffer terrible consequences by poorly trained police. It must stop. We join Muslim Advocates and others to pay tribute to his life. #MuhammadMuhaymin

WE SAY HIS NAME! Jan 4 marks another year since Muhammad Muhaymin was slain by Phoenix police. 🔹 Sign his tribute card: http://www.tributetomybrother.com

12/31/2020
To Our Follows, Have A Happy New Year!

We are proud of all the people who make up our incredible Network. The attorneys and advocates, the information and referral staff, the outreach and education employees, the boards and advisory councils, and everyone else who make up our disability rights agencies. Like all of us, they have struggled through the pandemic this year. But they have not paused for one second in their mission to protect and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

Thank you and happy new year from all of us at the National Disability Rights Network!

We applaud the House of Representatives for including adult dependents as eligible for stimulus payments in the recently...
12/29/2020
House passes bill boosting stimulus checks to $2,000 in bipartisan vote

We applaud the House of Representatives for including adult dependents as eligible for stimulus payments in the recently passed #CASHAct.

The House on Monday passed legislation that would increase the amount of direct payments in the recently signed coronavirus relief package from $600 to $2,000.

Wishing you Happy Holidays from the National Disability Rights Network!
12/25/2020

Wishing you Happy Holidays from the National Disability Rights Network!

12/23/2020
A Good Fight

Bernard Baker, civil rights activist and President of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, discusses why voting is important to him. He describes life before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, his activism, and why we need to participate politically to defend the progress people with disabilities have made. He encourages people to vote in the Georgia runoff elections.

Visit https://www.VotersWithDisabilities.org to share your story and https://ga.thearc.org/vote/ to learn more about voting in the Georgia runoff elections.

Special thanks to the The Arc Georgia, the Georgia Advocacy Office, and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).

Our network has long advocated for community-based alternatives to institutions for people with disabilities. The COVID-...
12/22/2020
California psychiatric hospital's Covid-19 outbreak has sickened almost 700

Our network has long advocated for community-based alternatives to institutions for people with disabilities. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to show us more reasons why institutional settings are dangerous.

Lawyers have asked a judge to order the release or transfer of half of the patients at Patton state hospital

When monitoring Sequel Youth and Family Services of Courtland, the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program found children ...
12/18/2020
They make millions by operating youth facilities. But children allege rampant abuse.

When monitoring Sequel Youth and Family Services of Courtland, the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program found children as young as twelve years old housed in deplorable living conditions, subjected to physical and emotional harm, and deprived of meaningful therapeutic opportunities. NBC News highlights the P&A's investigation in its latest reporting.

Sequel Youth & Family Services collected hundreds of millions in tax dollars to care for vulnerable children, despite abuse and negligence allegations.

12/14/2020

Americans need #COVIDReliefNow but Senator Mitch McConnell wants to protect corporations more than people. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are surging and the clock is ticking on extending unemployment aid. #NoCorporateImmunity

"After more than three decades since the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Amtrak has yet to bring its sta...
12/03/2020
Amtrak agrees to fix stations and pay $2.25 million to settle ADA discrimination claims

"After more than three decades since the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Amtrak has yet to bring its stations into compliance with the law. We appreciate the progress Amtrak has made but hope that this agreement will better ensure that Amtrak quickly meets all its obligations under the law." - Curt Decker, Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network

Agreement follows a years-long Justice Department investigation into claims that some stations don’t accommodate wheelchair users or people with limited mobility.

The network of protection and advocacy agencies has full authority granted by Congress to protect and advocate for the r...
12/02/2020
Utah’s ‘troubled-teen industry’ warned about investigation launched by Disability Law Center

The network of protection and advocacy agencies has full authority granted by Congress to protect and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. Utah's Disability Law Center is simply doing its job.

Concerned about reports of children being abused and lax government oversight, Utah’s Disability Law Center announced in October that it would investigate the state’s “troubled-teen” treatment facilities,...

There are so many worthwhile organizations to donate to on #GivingTuesday. Here is why we’re special. We have spent this...
12/01/2020
Donate - NDRN

There are so many worthwhile organizations to donate to on #GivingTuesday. Here is why we’re special. We have spent this year developing innovative ways to continue our mission– to investigate abuse and neglect and protect the rights of people with disabilities wherever they live – despite the pandemic. And as long as the pandemic continues, NDRN will make sure people with disabilities are not left out of the response. Please support this work if you can.

By donating to NDRN today, you support our efforts to strengthen the laws that protect the civil and human…

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