Disability Rights

Rights group, state reach settlement in competency lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) — The state of Washington has agreed to a plan to resolve a lawsuit filed on behalf of mentally ill people who've been warehoused in jails for weeks or months while awaiting competency services.<p>A settlement reached Thursday between Disability Rights Washington and the Department of …

Mental Disorders

Ocasio-Cortez faces heat for excluding media from town hall events

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faced criticism this week for barring media from attending two of her town hall events in New York that were otherwise open to the public.<p>Ocasio-Cortez banned media from attending two of her "listening tour" events, …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

7 People Share Why They’re Against Plastic Straw Bans

By now, most people know about the massive conversation surrounding plastic straw bans, which are designed to reduce waste caused by single-use …

Disability

Legal advocates file lawsuit against Buckeye Ranch residential treatment center

A legal advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit against The Buckeye Ranch, saying the residential treatment center denied investigators access to …

Disability

Disabilities Commissioner concerned about End of Life Choice bill

The Disabilities Commissioner says the End of Life Choice Bill is too broad to protect disabled New Zealanders.<p>The Justice Select Committee has …

Disability

New fest spotlights films by and about people with disabilities

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Film festivals are nothing new in Cleveland.<p>In addition to the lauded Cleveland International Film Festival, we also have an …

Film Festivals

Robert Latimer's request for clemency is a slam-dunk 'no.' Does Ottawa get that?

Peter Stockland: The Trudeau government is hiding behind privacy laws on a case that reaches far beyond the interests of the man raising it<p><i>Peter</i> …

Canadian News

ACLU Report on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh

By policy, the ACLU does not endorse or oppose nominees or candidates for political or judicial office. Accordingly, we do not take a position on the …

Civil Rights

Lawsuit alleges D.C. has failed hundreds of emotionally disturbed children

Attorneys at several disability rights organizations have filed a class-action lawsuit against the D.C. government, alleging that District officials have failed to provide adequate mental-health services for hundreds of severely troubled children.<p>The suit, filed in federal court Tuesday on behalf …

Mental Health

Trump SCOTUS Pick Brett Kavanaugh Draws Opposition From Disability Groups

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is Picking Up Opposition From Disability Advocacy GroupsIt goes without saying that any potential …

Brett Kavanaugh

What’s Your Experience With the Americans With Disabilities Act? We Want to Know.

We know that the rules protecting people with disabilities are facing government scrutiny. Late last year, for example, the Justice Department …

Disability

DC sued over failure to help children with mental health troubles

Hundreds of emotionally troubled children have been placed into "harmful and unnecessary" detention centers or psychiatric facilities because the …

Mental Health

Amber Tatro, Whose Suit Gave Rights to Disabled Students, Dies at 42

In 1979, just a few months before Amber Tatro turned 4, her family notified the Irving, Tex., school district that she would be ready for classes that fall.<p>Born with spina bifida, a congenital defect that causes partial paralysis and impaired speech, she was unable to urinate on her own. She …

Obituaries

'Disability Rights Are Civil Rights': Inside the CAP's New Disability Justice Initiative

Why aren't more Americans mobilizing around disability? In the last presidential election, according to our best numbers, 46 percent of all disabled …

Civil Rights

ADA at 28 years: as strong and powerful as our people

On July 26, we celebrated the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. ADA guarantees us protection from discrimination …

Disability

Legal Battle Over Crumbling Sidewalks Unfolds In Atlanta

Atlanta is one of the biggest cities in the country — and it has a problem with crumbling sidewalks. Now, a group of disabled residents is suing, claiming the broken pavement violates federal law.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>Crumbling sidewalks are common in cities across the country. That can …

Urbanism

In India, invisibility prevents women with disabilities from having their #MeToo moment

When a young woman with cerebral palsy, among with other disabilities, in an Indian village reported being raped by three neighbors four years ago, the villagers were unhappy with the way it was prosecuted.<p>“They felt that ‘productive’ men in their prime were jailed due to an ‘unproductive’ woman …

Disability

What does freedom mean to you?

Episode 2 August 14, 2018<p>Why does free speech matter? More importantly, who needs it the most? In the first episode of Awaaz Do, we talk to Javed …

Rights & Freedoms

Millions of Brits would confront Blue Badge ‘abusers’ – here’s why you should show some restraint

Almost a third of British drivers say they would challenge someone they thought was misusing a using a disabled, new research has revealed.<p>But …

Mental Health

Restrooms now open on New Haven-Hartford Line rail cars

Image 1of/7<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Restrooms on the Hartford Line, the high-speed commuter rail line that began rolling in June, are open for use, the state …

FRA

Recognising the champions of disability rights

Mumbai: For four Mumbaikars, years of hard work to ensure accessibility for persons with disabilities have finally paid off. They have figured in a …

India

Final Say: Leading disability campaigners back The Independent’s call for a referendum on Brexit deal

Leading disability activists have backed <i>The Independent</i>’s call for a referendum on the final Brexit deal, as the number of people signing the Final …

Great Britain

Giving Indonesia's children with disabilities a chance

This Indonesian man has made it his life's mission to educate children with disabilities.<p>Tatang was seven years old when a surgery to improve his failing vision went wrong and robbed him of his sight altogether.<p>"When I came home from the hospital, my heart was broken; I was a wreck," he …

Asia Pacific

Privacy: A Very Short Introduction

• http://global.oup.com/academic/covers/uk/pop-up/9780198725947<p>Second Edition<p><b>Raymond Wacks</b><p>Very Short Introductions<p>Examines our need for privacy and why …

Privacy

New Mental Health Unit Opens At Oregon State Penitentiary

The Oregon Department of Corrections cut the ribbon on a new behavioral health unit at the state penitentiary in Salem on Friday.

Mental Health

Make it impossible for people to ignore disability, says new NCPEDP head Arman Ali

When a child is born disabled, or becomes disabled, parents and family look at her as, first, karma, and then (social) stigma, says disability …

Autism

KFC orders sensitivity training after incident with deaf woman

JACKSON, Miss. — The management company of 270 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell franchises nationwide has agreed to provide sensitivity training at those …

Chicago

This Is What It’s Like to Travel With a Disability in the United States

When most of us reach the end of a flight, we collect our things, walk off the plane and go on to baggage claim and the rest of our journey.<p>At the …

Travel

Chief Peter Collins champions disabled children at AFN assembly

Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins was the seconder on Chief Byron Louis’ resolution (Okanagan) entitled, “Increased Focus on Disabilities …

Human Rights

House resolutions decry over-discipline in schools, urge tech access for those with disabilities

Technological access for those with disabilities and curbing the school-to-prison pipeline were the focus of two resolutions brought by the …

Disability