Washington College of Law Disability Law Society

Washington College of Law Disability Law Society The DLS works to create an open, sustainable and accessible environment for students to raise awareness of and advocate for disability rights in the WCL community, the neighboring community, the legal profession, and society at large.

In realizing its purpose, the DLS will organize and coordinate disability-related and outreach activities.

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Join us this Friday, April 23 at 12:00 pm as we engage with two disability advocates experienced in the District of Colu...
04/20/2021

Join us this Friday, April 23 at 12:00 pm as we engage with two disability advocates experienced in the District of Columbia and internationally!

Sandy Bernstein and Janet Lord will share insights from past experiences and from their present positions.

Bernstein worked on the litigation that shut down the District's notorious Forest Haven Asylum. She is now the Legal Director of University Legal Services, the District's Protection & Advocacy agency for advancing the civil rights of persons with disabilities. Janet Lord is the Senior Fellow for Harvard Law School's Project on Disability and has worked in a number of international positions, including the UN Disability Program, the US National Council on Disability, and Disabled Peoples' International. She is now serving as the senior advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability.

Register: https://american.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrf-6sqTkiEtyJlpiDxWuGu0aNWogxrA7V

We hope to see you there!

Join us this Friday, April 23 at 12:00 pm as we engage with two disability advocates experienced in the District of Columbia and internationally!

Sandy Bernstein and Janet Lord will share insights from past experiences and from their present positions.

Bernstein worked on the litigation that shut down the District's notorious Forest Haven Asylum. She is now the Legal Director of University Legal Services, the District's Protection & Advocacy agency for advancing the civil rights of persons with disabilities. Janet Lord is the Senior Fellow for Harvard Law School's Project on Disability and has worked in a number of international positions, including the UN Disability Program, the US National Council on Disability, and Disabled Peoples' International. She is now serving as the senior advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability.

Register: https://american.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrf-6sqTkiEtyJlpiDxWuGu0aNWogxrA7V

We hope to see you there!

Ableism in Academia - UCL Press
03/28/2021
Ableism in Academia - UCL Press

Ableism in Academia - UCL Press

Rather than embracing difference as a reflection of wider society, academic ecosystems seek to normalise and homogenise ways of working and of being a researcher. As a consequence, ableism in academia is endemic. However, to date no attempt has been made to theorise experiences of ableism in academi...

Don't miss a conversation with Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann and Dean Dinerstein next Monday at noon! Be sur...
03/26/2021

Don't miss a conversation with Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann and Dean Dinerstein next Monday at noon! Be sure to register online at www.wcl.american.edu/secele/registration for access.

Don't miss a conversation with Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann and Dean Dinerstein next Monday at noon! Be sure to register online at www.wcl.american.edu/secele/registration for access.

Register now for a panel on Disability and Judicial Clerkships happening tomorrow at 3 PM! This event is being co-hosted...
03/23/2021
Disability and Judicial Clerkships Panel

Register now for a panel on Disability and Judicial Clerkships happening tomorrow at 3 PM!

This event is being co-hosted by The National Disabled Law Students Association (NDLSA) and Law Clerks for Diversity.

Clerkships can be an important entry point into the profession, but little information exists about navigating disability in that context.
To address this gap, the panel will bring together former judicial law clerks to talk about the application process and experiences of disability in chambers.
A resource list for aspiring clerks with disabilities will also be provided.

A collaboration between Law Clerks for Diversity and the NDLSA will bring together former clerks with future applicants.

03/22/2021

The Disability Law Society is seeking applicants for the 2021-2022 Executive Board! Positions are open from today through this Thursday, March 25th at 5 PM!
Please submit a short statement (no greater than 2 paragraphs) describing your interest in a particular position (listed below) to [email protected].

DLS is a student-run organization committed to supporting students who are interested in careers in disability rights law (and related public interest law) through networking opportunities and events.
Our mission also includes supporting WCL students with disabilities through collaboration with Student Affairs and the SBA Disability Liaison(s).

DLS is seeking applicants for:
1) President
2) Vice President
3) Social Media and Community Chair
4) Outreach Chair
5) Events Chair
6) Treasurer
7) Mentorship Chair
8) At-large representatives for 2L, 3L, and PT students
(Some of these positions may need to be combined in the case of a smaller E-Board. Time commitments vary but are generally low, as we are a small organization.)

Prior E-Board experience is not a requisite. We also understand that many may not have had the chance to play an active role in DLS- don't let that stop you from running!

We are a small group of passionate students, so please help us continue our mission!

Fellow law students! The tenBroek Symposium is free for all students this year and the deadline is today! Sign up to get...
03/11/2021
Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium | National Federation of the Blind

Fellow law students! The tenBroek Symposium is free for all students this year and the deadline is today! Sign up to get access to many topics including immigration, voting, and child restraint in schools (remember the 6 year old who was handcuffed!?!)

Disability Identity and Intersectionality;
Race and Gender Issues in the Civil Commitment Process;
Perspectives on Disability in US Muslim Communities;
Digital Accessibility—Developing Guidelines for Attorneys on Both Sides;
Impacts and Outcomes of Marginalization and Intersectionality on Mental and Physical Health;
ADA in Social and Human Service Settings;
The Disparate Impact of Changes to Immigration Policy on Asylum Seekers with Disabilities: Strategies to Fight Back;
Voting Rights for People with Disabilities Under the ADA;
Connecting Disability Work with Broader Diversity and Inclusion Work;
The Decline in the Employment of People with Disabilities—the Response of the Disability Rights Community

The annual Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium honors the legacy of Dr. Jacobus tenBroek who founded the National Federation of the Blind in 1940.

The Hill
01/26/2021
The Hill

The Hill

White House press secretary Jen Psaki has just announced that an American Sign Language interpreter will be a regular fixture at daily press briefings during the Biden administration, marking the first time a sign language interpreter will participate on a daily basis.

“The president is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just and more accessible for every American, including Americans with disabilities and their families,” she said in the announcement.

Many in disability law have been concerned about the possible rationing of care based on disability during COVID-19.  Sa...
12/22/2020
Oregon Hospitals Didn't Have Shortages. So Why Were Disabled People Denied Care?

Many in disability law have been concerned about the possible rationing of care based on disability during COVID-19. Sadly, it happened in OR. In this piece by NPR the reality and some of the lawyers leading the charge are discussed.

*The attached article has both audio and visual options to access the story from NPR.

The fight to save the life of one woman reveals a grim pattern: In Oregon, people with disabilities were denied health care during the pandemic, even without a shortage of ventilators or other care.

11/23/2020

Looking for a Spring internship? The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in Washington, D.C. is accepting applications for part-time remote spring semester law interns in disability rights law. Legal interns will develop legal skills working directly with a highly experienced team of attorneys on projects related to different disability rights issues. NDRN is the non-profit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. https://www.ndrn.org/

Interested in pursuing disability law? Or are you interested in civil rights, and curious to learn more about how disabi...
11/04/2020

Interested in pursuing disability law? Or are you interested in civil rights, and curious to learn more about how disability rights and justice are part of the civil rights movement and legal practice? This Monday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m., our panel of speakers will share insights from their careers, answer questions from students, and provide advice about pursuing public interest careers.

Speakers will include Stephanie Herrera, an AUWCL and clinic graduate who worked in private practice and is now an Administrative Law Judge for the EEOC; Morgan Whitlatch, the Legal Director for the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities; Nicole Kovite of the Department of Justice's Disability Rights Section; Megan Rusciano, an AUWCL graduate with Disability Rights Maryland; and Marissa Ditkowsky, an AUWCL graduate at Tzedek DC.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://american.zoom.us/j/94807182665

Amy Coney Barrett is a threat to disability rights. Her confirmation could reverse vital decisions that protect the live...
10/26/2020
Opinion: The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett is a threat to families like mine

Amy Coney Barrett is a threat to disability rights. Her confirmation could reverse vital decisions that protect the lives and autonomy of individuals with disabilities as well as many other intersectional rights of people in our country.

Stay informed and continue the fight for human rights.

Jeneva Stone, a mom of a disabled son, writes about what life was like for her family before the Affordable Care Act. She details how her family surfed the edge of financial ruin, ineligible in Maryland for a Medicaid waiver to assist with her son's medical care.

WCL students- join us this coming Monday (October 26th) at 12:30pm for our first general body meeting of the semester! T...
10/22/2020

WCL students- join us this coming Monday (October 26th) at 12:30pm for our first general body meeting of the semester!
This is a perfect opportunity for you to learn more about what we do and how you can benefit from being part of the Disability Law Society. We will also discuss plans for future professional and social events!
Be sure to join us the next day for ADA30 as well! (For more info about ADA30 and to RSVP: https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/lawandgov/events/ada30/ )

Follow this link to join our Zoom meeting: https://american.zoom.us/j/97277055844

VA Maryland Health Care System
10/15/2020

VA Maryland Health Care System

WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY

National White Cane Safety Day on October 15th annually celebrates the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired. The day marks the importance of recognizing the white cane. The white cane is not only a tool. It also represents the independence of those who are blind worldwide.

This day has been set aside to celebrate all of the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired, and the principal symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.

While technological advancements continue to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired, the white cane continues to be a basic necessity for leading an independent and productive life. The white cane extends a person’s senses allowing them to determine steps, unlevel pavement, and obstacles. But it also provides a level of safety as a signal to the seeing public. It’s important not to disrupt the path of someone with a white cane or to steer them in another direction. A skilled user allows the cane to find the clearest way.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WhiteCaneSafetyDay

The best way to provide assistance is by keeping aisles and doorways clear of boxes and other debris is one good first step. However, the day primarily focuses on the independence and equality of those with visual impairments. Their vision shouldn’t be a hindrance to attaining their goals and dreams, and the white cane symbolizes those achievements. Use #WhiteCaneSafetyDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY HISTORY

A joint resolution of the United States Congress H.R. 753 was signed into law as Pub.L.88-628 on October 6, 1964, and codified at 36 USC § 142. The resolution authorized the President of the United States to proclaim October 15th as White Cane Safety Day annually.

Within hours of the passage of the joint resolution, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first proclamation for the observance.

This day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day in 2011 by President Barack Obama.

There is always so much more one can do to make a difference. For more information regarding White Cane Safety Day from the National Federation of the Blind.

Register now for ADA30: Looking Back, Moving Forward! The live webinar will take place on October 27 from 2:00pm to 4:00...
10/12/2020

Register now for ADA30: Looking Back, Moving Forward! The live webinar will take place on October 27 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark legislation mandating baseline levels of accessibility for Americans with disabilities. We will reflect with a discussion on what the ADA and its champions achieved, and challenges people with disabilities still face.

The Program on Law and Government at WCL and event sponsor Verizon invite you to look back on and move forward with disability rights advocacy. The Disability Law Society is proud to be co-sponsoring this event alongside the Disability Rights Clinic and Student Bar Association.

For more information: https://www.wcl.american.edu/.../lawandgov/events/ad

Register here: https://alumniassociation.american.edu/s/1395/17/interior-1col.aspx?sid=1395&pgid=11696&gid=19&cid=18035&ecid=18035&post_id=0

Thank you to everyone who attended the Introduction to American Sign Language event! We had a great time, learned a lot,...
09/30/2020

Thank you to everyone who attended the Introduction to American Sign Language event! We had a great time, learned a lot, and are looking forward to hosting similar events! If you'd like a recording of the session, please email [email protected]

Coming up TODAY! We hope to see you there!
09/30/2020

Coming up TODAY! We hope to see you there!

Come to the Introduction to American Sign Language this Wednesday at noon, presented by SBA Accessibility and DLS!

Remember to RSVP to receive the Zoom link! https://forms.gle/bFQgRDfZQhXYP7oH8

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Come to the Introduction to American Sign Language this Wednesday at noon, presented by SBA Accessibility and DLS! Remem...
09/28/2020

Come to the Introduction to American Sign Language this Wednesday at noon, presented by SBA Accessibility and DLS!

Remember to RSVP to receive the Zoom link! https://forms.gle/bFQgRDfZQhXYP7oH8

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The WCL Chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice is hosting Brews, Brooms, & Ballots, taking place on ...
09/25/2020

The WCL Chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice is hosting Brews, Brooms, & Ballots, taking place on TODAY at 5pm! The event registration link is located here: https://bit.ly/3kom9ps.

At this happy hour event, If/When/How will be discussing the upcoming election, sharing voting deadlines, and creating a space for students to interact and engage with WCL community members. Attendees are welcome to wear their best witchy garb and pour their favorite brew.

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Check out the video we posted previously for a short introduction into the Disability Law Society! [The text below reads...
09/25/2020

Check out the video we posted previously for a short introduction into the Disability Law Society!

[The text below reads: "As DLS aims to create an accessible and inclusive environment for all students interested in disability law personally and professionally, we also strive to be as intersectional as possible. People with disabilities do not exist in a vacuum, as each person can have a multitude of identities. The disability rights movement also cannot logically be separated from other civil rights movements. We must consistently aim to be intersectional and support other movements, as they have supported and inspired the disability rights movement as well.
-WCL's Disability Law Society"]

09/22/2020

SBA Accessibility Presents: Introduction to American Sign Language
Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

WCL community members are welcome! The theme of the ASL event is the ABCs and some important signs for greetings (i.e. "how are you?", "Yes", "No", etc.) and fun legal jargon that you will feel comfortable using in everyday life! ("I object!"). The purpose of this event, and hopefully a series, is to give the WCL community an opportunity to learn/practice ASL (which is useful for interacting with Deaf people and even serving Deaf clients someday). The SBA is collaborating with the Disability Law Society (DLS). Sign language interpreters will be requested. RSVP with this link: https://forms.gle/bFQgRDfZQhXYP7oH8 [All text in the gif is included in this description.]

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