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Justice Department Finds Minnesota City’s “Crime-Free” Housing Program Discriminates Against Tenants with Mental Health Disabilities

Justice Department Finds Nebraska Violates Federal Civil Rights Laws by Unnecessarily Institutionalizing People with Serious Mental Illness

Accessible Street Design Survey for the Disabled Community

“Lunch and Learn” discusses accessibility in houses

Financial Resources and Discounts for Students With Disabilities

Justice Department Issues Guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Employment Services for People with Disabilities

NCD celebrates 50 year anniversary of Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Be wary of offering ‘help,’ and other ways to support families with disabilities

Disability Advocate Rebekah Taussig: Here’s How We Shift from Ableism to True Accessibility

Activist Judy Heumann led a reimagining of what it means to be disabled

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Justice Department Finds Minnesota City’s “Crime-Free” Housing Program Discriminates Against Tenants with Mental Health Disabilities

May 21 2024

The Justice Department announced today that the city of Anoka, Minnesota, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act by denying tenants with mental health disabilities an equal opportunity to receive emergency assistance. Read More

Justice Department Finds Nebraska Violates Federal Civil Rights Laws by Unnecessarily Institutionalizing People with Serious Mental Illness

May 14 2024

The Justice Department announced today that it found that Nebraska is unnecessarily segregating people with serious mental illness (SMI) in assisted living facilities and day program facilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C. The department found that Nebraska is restricting access to critical community-based services that people with SMI need to live and work in the community.  Read More

Accessible Street Design Survey for the Disabled Community

May 7 2024

You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Smart Growth America, supported by the International Parking & Mobility Institute and the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. Read More

“Lunch and Learn” discusses accessibility in houses

Feb 9 2024

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) – Housing advocates are keeping the conversations going after the two days SAW Housing Summit that was held last year.

The topic of this most recent “Lunch and Learn” was centered around accessible housing and housing for older adults. Scott Pruett, Director of the Universal Design Project said why there is some accessibility legislation found under fair housing laws there is not a lot of regulations when it comes to accessibility in the housing market.

“The ADA does not apply to privately owned homes, it is more for commercial spaces,” said Scott Pruett.
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Financial Resources and Discounts for Students With Disabilities

Jan 31 2024

Here is useful link for students with disabilities!

https://couponfollow.com/research/financial-resources-for-students-with-disabilities

Justice Department Issues Guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Employment Services for People with Disabilities

Nov 1 2023

Nationally, a significant number of individuals with disabilities spend the majority of their daytime hours receiving public services in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs. These settings segregate individuals from the community and provide little or no opportunity to interact with people without disabilities, other than paid staff. Read More

NCD celebrates 50 year anniversary of Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Sep 26 2023

WASHINGTON–Today the National Council on Disability celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first civil rights legislation protecting disabled people from discrimination.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon on Sept. 26, 1973, after he vetoed the legislation twice. It would be the precursor for future disbility rights protections, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Read More

Be wary of offering ‘help,’ and other ways to support families with disabilities

Sep 5 2023

When my son was born sick, and eventually diagnosed with severe disabilities, friends helped in a variety of ways. One friend texted several times a day to let me know she was thinking of us without expecting a response in return. Another friend let me vent over the phone where I repeated and tried to understand constantly changing news I received from doctors. Read More

Disability Advocate Rebekah Taussig: Here’s How We Shift from Ableism to True Accessibility

May 12 2023

PLANNING MAGAZINE

The author and @sitting_pretty Instagram influencer shares her vision for shifting the cultural narrative around disability.  Read More

Activist Judy Heumann led a reimagining of what it means to be disabled

Mar 7 2023

Judy Heumann was the first person I called when, in 1987, I reported my first story on disability rights. Judy, who contracted polio when she was 18 months old, gave me the quote that perfectly summed up that little-known civil rights movementRead More