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Our friends at the American Association of People with Disabilities are looking for students or recent graduates with di...
10/08/2021

Our friends at the American Association of People with Disabilities are looking for students or recent graduates with disabilities for their 2022 Summer Internship Program!

Applications are open until October 20 at 5pm EST. More details in the post below.

The Summer Internship Program Applications are now open! Our comprehensive program provides students or recent graduates with disabilities with a paid internship as well as opportunities to build their leadership, advocacy, and professional skills and create bonds with the broader disability community. Visit buff.ly/2PGem76 to learn more & apply at https://buff.ly/3jUHaKO by Oct 20 at 5pm ET!

In this The New York Times Opinion piece, Ari Ne’eman asks: Can a movement born to address discrimination against a part...
10/07/2021
Opinion | What if Disability Rights Were for Everyone?

In this The New York Times Opinion piece, Ari Ne’eman asks: Can a movement born to address discrimination against a particular minority evolve into something greater — a larger push for rights for all? And what would that evolution mean for the future of disability rights advocacy?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Our response to the pandemic has created an opportunity to transform this movement into a larger push for rights for all.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act turns 48 years old today! This important law prohibits discrimination against peop...
09/26/2021
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act turns 48 years old today! This important law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in programs that receive federal financial assistance. Learn more about Section 504 from Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF):

Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act was the first disability civil rights law to be enacted in the United States. It prohibits discrimination against

“For the disability community to keep moving forward, we have to be wary and aware, but without giving in to pessimism a...
09/24/2021
5 Reasons It’s Hard For Disabled People To Trust Politics And Activism

“For the disability community to keep moving forward, we have to be wary and aware, but without giving in to pessimism and apathy. If we can manage that, it could even be a lesson to all Americans, with or without disabilities.” - Andrew Pulrang

A great many disabled people remain alienated and suspicious of social and political action. Exploring the reasons why is important if we are to fully understand ourselves, and if others –– especially politicians and policy makers –– are ever to understand us.

In August, Disability Rights Texas filed a complaint against Texas Governor Abbott for his executive order prohibiting s...
09/22/2021
Feds to Probe Whether Texas Ban on School Mask Mandates Violates Disability Rights Laws

In August, Disability Rights Texas filed a complaint against Texas Governor Abbott for his executive order prohibiting schools, cities and counties from mandating masks in schools. The U.S. Department of Education is now investigating whether the executive order violates federal civil rights laws.

The Education Department has already opened investigations in six other states that ban universal school mask requirements.

Beginning in June 2019, Disability Rights Ohio conducted a nine-month investigation of the Sequel Pomegranate residentia...
09/20/2021

Beginning in June 2019, Disability Rights Ohio conducted a nine-month investigation of the Sequel Pomegranate residential treatment facility in Columbus after numerous reports of abuse and neglect. Earlier this month, the facility voluntarily relinquished all of its Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services licenses and certifications, including its license to operate a private psychiatric hospital.

Thank you to the advocates who worked to protect the rights and safety of children - and shed light on the injustices within the facility.

“All children deserve welcoming, clean, safe, structured, trauma-informed environments that support them on their individualized treatment journeys [...]" -Amy Price, DRO's Associate Advocacy Director

Read more from Amy and our full update on the closure of Torii Behavioral Health Systems' (formerly called Sequel Pomegranate) acute psychiatric hospital in this week's #AdvocacyMatters here: https://bit.ly/sequel_AM

"I think it’s inevitable that there are children who will be left behind and will not get the services to which they are...
09/17/2021
Parents of Students With Disabilities Try to Make Up for Lost Year

"I think it’s inevitable that there are children who will be left behind and will not get the services to which they are entitled." - Leslie Margolis of Disability Rights Maryland

In New York City, the shift to remote learning “exacerbated pre-existing achievement gaps” for the 200,000 thousand students with disabilities.

"It was like seeing everything that I was aware of — the general societal perceptions and prejudices — seeing it in writ...
09/16/2021
‘Not Worth The Resources’: How The Pandemic Revealed Existing Biases Against The Disability Community

"It was like seeing everything that I was aware of — the general societal perceptions and prejudices — seeing it in writing and seeing it legitimized and sanctioned." - Jessica Lehman

This KALW article reviews the series of battles people with disabilities have fought throughout the pandemic. We keep up our advocacy for the rights and lives of people with disabilities, and ask that you do, too. #NoBodyIsDisposable

Disability advocates say that disabled lives were systematically devalued throughout the pandemic. In this story, we meet a woman with a disability who recounts her experience of medical bias during her hospital stay. And, we meet the advocates fighting the discrimination they say is infused through...

"No student with a disability should face a significant risk of being placed on a shortened school day." - Tom Stenson, ...
09/15/2021

"No student with a disability should face a significant risk of being placed on a shortened school day." - Tom Stenson, deputy legal director for Disability Rights Oregon

The National Center for Youth Law, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc., Disability Rights Oregon, The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and pro bono attorneys reached an interim agreement with Oregon Department of Education.

More on the interim agreement:https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.copaa.org/resource/resmgr/docs/2021_docs/studentswdisabilitieslawsuit.pdf

"No student with a disability should face a significant risk of being placed on a shortened school day." - Tom Stenson, deputy legal director for Disability Rights Oregon

The National Center for Youth Law, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc., Disability Rights Oregon, The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and pro bono attorneys reached an interim agreement with Oregon Department of Education.

More on the interim agreement:https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.copaa.org/resource/resmgr/docs/2021_docs/studentswdisabilitieslawsuit.pdf

Insufficient funding for home-based care puts strain on families to provide uncompensated care or place aging loved ones...
09/14/2021

Insufficient funding for home-based care puts strain on families to provide uncompensated care or place aging loved ones into institutions - which accounted for 40% of COVID-19 deaths. Home and community based services are not a matter of preference during the COVID-19 outbreak. They are necessary. #CareCantWait

Call 202-224-3121 to be connected to your members of Congress now and learn more about #HCBS in this fact sheet: https://bit.ly/3nq737D

Insufficient funding for home-based care puts strain on families to provide uncompensated care or place aging loved ones into institutions - which accounted for 40% of COVID-19 deaths. Home and community based services are not a matter of preference during the COVID-19 outbreak. They are necessary. #CareCantWait

Call 202-224-3121 to be connected to your members of Congress now and learn more about #HCBS in this fact sheet: https://bit.ly/3nq737D

"I’m blind and the idea of autonomous vehicles is extremely exciting. But if you don’t develop the technology with acces...
09/13/2021
How Autonomous Vehicle Technology Seeks to Onboard Disabled Passengers

"I’m blind and the idea of autonomous vehicles is extremely exciting. But if you don’t develop the technology with accessibility in mind, you may miss serving our community. We want to make sure we aren’t left behind." - Claire Stanley, Public Policy Analyst

Fully autonomous vehicle developers are seeking to ensure that disabled passengers aren’t left behind, and need IT professionals to take the wheel.

"The New Hampshire House of Representatives is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and discriminating against ...
09/10/2021
Disability Rights Organizations Support Reasonable Accommodations For People With Disabilities In Cushing v. Packard - DRCNH

"The New Hampshire House of Representatives is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and discriminating against people with disabilities by denying reasonable accommodations.” - Curt Decker, National Disability Rights Network Executive Director

More on Cushing v. Packard case on the Disability Rights Center - NH website.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 10, 2021 CONTACT: Stephanie Patrick, Executive Director Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire (603) 228-0432 or [email protected] Downloadable PDF of Press Release Available Here Disability Rights Organizations Support Reasonable Accommodations for Pe...

Join the Administration for Community Living for a webinar on September 14 at 2:00 PM ET focused on COVID-19 vaccine acc...
09/07/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL): Partners in COVID-19 Vaccine Access. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join the Administration for Community Living for a webinar on September 14 at 2:00 PM ET focused on COVID-19 vaccine access resources, and ways disability organizations can work together to improve vaccine access for people with disabilities. Register here: https://bit.ly/2WMFxGc

This webinar will highlight COVID-19 vaccine access resources, and how disability organizations can partner to improve vaccine access for people with disabilities. ACL’s new Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) will be one of the highlighted resources, as well as ACL’s disability networ...

The Tokyo Paralympics are here and the coverage of this amazing sporting event will be more extensive than ever! Check o...
08/24/2021
Our 10 Favorite Paralympic Sports and How to Watch Them

The Tokyo Paralympics are here and the coverage of this amazing sporting event will be more extensive than ever! Check out this watch guide from New Mobility magazine and plan your viewing schedule.

We can’t wait to watch the world’s best athletes compete at the Tokyo Paralympics. Here’s our top 10 favorite sports and how you can watch them.

Don’t miss the Disability Vote Summit on September 14th! Inform your advocacy by attending panel discussions on disabled...
08/24/2021

Don’t miss the Disability Vote Summit on September 14th! Inform your advocacy by attending panel discussions on disabled voters' experiences, advancing the disability vote using data-driven strategy, and more! Register here: https://www.ndrn.org/event/disability-vote-summit/

Don’t miss the Disability Vote Summit on September 14th! Inform your advocacy by attending panel discussions on disabled voters' experiences, advancing the disability vote using data-driven strategy, and more! Register here: https://www.ndrn.org/event/disability-vote-summit/

Great news: A new rule allows student loan servicers to match customer data with the Social Security Administration - li...
08/20/2021
More than 323K disabled borrowers to receive automatic student loan forgiveness

Great news: A new rule allows student loan servicers to match customer data with the Social Security Administration - lining up more than 323,000 borrowers with a total and permanent disability for $5.8 billion in automatic federal student loan forgiveness.

The Biden administration on Thursday announced it would line up more than 323,000 borrowers with a total and permanent disability (TPD) for $5.8 billion in automatic federal student loan forgiveness.

08/13/2021

Check out this film trailer for “CODA,” which premieres today on Apple TV. The movie has already won several awards at various film festivals and the buzz around it has been quite positive. We love good disability representation, let us know what you think!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering new rules to make rental cars more readily available f...
08/11/2021
NDRN and Allies Urge the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to Move Rule-Making Process Forward - NDRN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering new rules to make rental cars more readily available for persons with disabilities. However, the rule-making process has stalled, leaving car renters with disabilities without full access to vehicles.

We collaborated with Paralyzed Veterans of America, the National Council on Independent Living, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), and Enterprise Holdings, Inc. on a letter urging the agency to move forward with the rule-making process.

PVA, NDRN, NCIL, DREDF, and Enterprise Holdings, Inc. collaborated on a letter to NHTSA to urge the agency to move forward with the rule-making process.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering new rules to make rental cars more readily available f...
08/11/2021
NDRN and Allies Urge the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to Move Rule-Making Process Forward - NDRN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering new rules to make rental cars more readily available for persons with disabilities. However, the rule-making process has stalled, leaving car renters with disabilities without full access to vehicles.

We collaborated with Paralyzed Veterans of America, the National Council on Independent Living, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), and Enterprise Holdings, Inc. on a letter urging the agency to move forward with the rule-making process.

PVA, NDRN, NCIL, DREDF, and Enterprise Holdings, Inc. collaborated on a letter to NHTSA to urge the agency to move forward with the rule-making process.

Our Public Policy Analyst, Claire Stanley, spoke with Bloomberg CityLab about an accessibility planning requirement that...
08/06/2021
Disability Access Hits Opposition in Senate Infrastructure Debate

Our Public Policy Analyst, Claire Stanley, spoke with Bloomberg CityLab about an accessibility planning requirement that was voted down in the Senate infrastructure bill. The proposal could have helped bring our nation's transit system into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (which is 31 years old!). For now, the door to access for millions of Americans will remain closed.

An amendment aimed at boosting ADA compliance for public transit agencies was criticized as a “woke planning mandate” by a GOP senator.

Education is a civil right in the United States and we must ensure students, with and without disabilities, have equitab...
08/03/2021
Tell the Senate to Confirm Catherine Lhamon

Education is a civil right in the United States and we must ensure students, with and without disabilities, have equitable access to quality public educational opportunities.

Please use this form to tell the Senate to confirm Catherine Lhamon as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education so that we'll have a leader committed to enforcement of laws that protect students from discrimination!

#ConfirmLhamon

Contact your Senators and ask them to confirm Catherine Lhamon as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education.

07/28/2021
Movement Advancement Project | Policy Spotlight: Hate Crime Laws

As communities across the country contend with an increase in hate-motivated crimes, including many perpetrated against people with disabilities, it is more important than ever that we understand and address the causes of violence.

Check out this new report from Movement Advancement Project.

Policy Spotlight: Hate Crime Laws (PDF)DownloadInfographicsDownloadPress Release: Groundbreaking Analysis of Hate Crime Laws Finds Limitations and Opportunities in the Face of Rising Hate ViolenceVisitEquality Maps: Hate Crime LawsVisitWith a rise in hate violence across the country, Policy...

For the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we partnered with The Leadership Conference on Civil an...
07/27/2021
The ADA is 31! Here's Seven Disability Rights Issues You Need to Know About - NDRN

For the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we partnered with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to explore some disability rights issues you should know about.

Please leave a comment, ask a question, or share a resource in the comments to keep the conversation going! #ADA31

For the 31st anniversary of the ADA, we partnered with The Leadership Conference to highlight some disability rights issues.

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