CVS Health Agrees with Disability Advocates and Stops Supreme Court Case

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The supreme court case CVS v. Doe came to an end when CVS Health sat down with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the National Council on Independent Living and decided to work together to seek ... Read more

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health: Supporting People with Mental Health Conditions

Eve Hill, JD
One out of five people in the US – a total of 51.5 million – live with a mental health condition, including common illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Although the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has improved the lives of many disabled people, the mental health community still faces ... Read more

Meet Haben Girma: disability rights advocate and first deaf-blind Harvard Law School graduate

Haben, who has long black hair falling over her shoulder and wears a dark blue dress, stands at a table and has her hands on her BrailleNote to read what former President Obama, who stands on the other side of the table and wears a black suit, types on a keyboard. Lined up behind former President Obama are several people including former Vice President Biden.
On September 7, 2019, San Francisco’s Ferry Building is packed. People with service animals, wheelchairs, crutches, and all kinds of assistive devices find their way to a special event at the Book Passage, a community bookstore with a 40-year history in the Bay Area. Surrounded by ceiling-high shelves with colorful books, the small room ... Read more

Tom Steyer talks about his disability policy, climate change, and Nazi Germany

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California resident and climate activist Tom Steyer is the second presidential candidate who took some time to share his policies, specifically regarding people with disabilities, with ABILITY Magazine.   Steyer discusses with ABILITY’s Chet Cooper increased funding of the ADA, community-based services, education, affordable housing, ‘visitability,’ fair pay for workers with disabilities, the health-related ... Read more

The Weaponized ADA: Using a Civil Rights Law to Disenfranchise Voters

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is widely regarded to be one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in American history. It was meant to ensure equal access and opportunity for the countless millions of American citizens living with disabilities. It was meant to ensure fair treatment and guaranteed accessibility. It ... Read more

Disney Working to Block Dozens of Lawsuits Related to ADA, Autism

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Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida are two of the most legendary theme parks in the world. But for some visitors with severe autism, Disney’s iconic parks are anything but magical. And now, the Disney Corporation wants to stop dozens of lawsuits from reaching court and tarnishing their image as a place ... Read more

Arkansas Group Finds Half of State’s Polling Stations Lack Accessibility

Justin Dart Jr
As Americans, there are certain freedoms that empower us and grant us the ability to directly impact change. Our freedom of speech and our right to assemble are big ones. So too is our rarely-touted ability to access information freely. But one element of our freedom outweighs the others combined in sheer importance, directly ... Read more

Beyond “Self Advocacy” — Basic Rights College Students with Disabilities Should Know

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High school students with disabilities support their learning needs mainly through their parents’ advocacy. Upon entering college, however, a bombshell is dropped when these students are told their parents are no longer allowed to advocate for them. Colleges nationwide call this “self advocacy,” with the high-minded rationale that it is necessary and good for ... Read more

Jacksons Foods Settles EEOC Discrimination Lawsuit for Deaf Worker

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A chain of convenience stores in the Pacific Northwest learned the hard way this week that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is not a piece of legislation you want to mess around with. Jacksons Food Stores, Inc. settled a lawsuit after Nathaniel Prugh, a job applicant who is deaf, was refused a job ... Read more

New Labor Department Directive to Recognize Best Initiatives for Hiring Job Seekers with Disabilities

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A new Labor Department directive aims to spur innovation in workplace diversity and inclusivity by highlighting companies and contractors who go above and beyond with their hiring practices. The not-so-creatively-named directive DIR 2016-06, which comes from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) within the Labor Department, would offer recognition to “contractors with high-quality ... Read more

Trump SCOTUS Pick Brett Kavanaugh Draws Opposition From Disability Groups

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Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is Picking Up Opposition From Disability Advocacy Groups It goes without saying that any potential Supreme Court pick Donald Trump might have nominated would have surely caused political division in contemporary America, a country with public discourse persistently teetering on the cusp of implosion. And Trump’s recent nomination ... Read more

CHIME – a Charter School with it’s Thinking Cap On

CHIME - A School With All the Bells and Whistles
Recently, Alejandra Delaporte of ABILITY’s operation in South America visited CHIME, a charter school in California’s San Fernando Valley that promises quality education for all. She spoke with Annie Cox, the executive director of Early Education Programs, and Erin Studer, executive director of Charter School Programs. Alejandra Delaporte: Tell me a bit about how CHIME ... Read more

Introducing Dan Quayle

Introducing Dan Quayle
Everybody in the White House has a sandbox, including the offices of the president and the vice president. Between 1989 and 1993, I served Vice President Dan Quayle as special assistant on disability policy. Thus, my sandbox was the first to have the sign that read “Disability Policy.” Others included “Domestic Policy,” “Foreign Policy,” ... Read more

Accessible Taxis – Several Cities Get New Wheels

Taxi! Taxi! Accessible Cabs Set to Roll Out on City Streets
Transportation in New York City is due to be overhauled with the introduction of MV-1 accessible cabs in the coming months.Made by the South Florida-based Vehicle Production Group (VPG) and assembled in Indiana, the taxis will be rolled out in such metro areas as Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, DC, Atlanta and Toronto after making their debut ... Read more

Richard Pimentel — Guide to Getting a Job

This guide is for applicants who may need to discuss a disability-related job issue in an employ­ment interview. I’ve written it in an easy-to-follow, question-and-answer format. My hope is that it will help qualified persons with disabilities take advantage of more employment opportunities, help employers make more informed hiring choices, and reduce the level ... Read more