News Voting Rights

Will Presidential Candidates Remember the Voting Power of People With Disabilities?

By ROBYN POWELL, REWIRE NEWS Candidates must make disability rights a priority in their platform, but they must also hire disabled campaign staff and ensure accessibility at campaign events and on social media. Although the 2020 general election is more than 600 days away, campaign season is undoubtedly upon us. Just this week, Sen. Bernie […]

Inclusion News Super Bowl Technology

Microsoft’s Emotional New Super Bowl Ad Promotes the Adaptive Controller

By STEFANIE FOGEL, VARIETY.COM “When everybody plays, we all win,” is the message behind Microsoft’s emotional new Super Bowl commercial, its first in four years. The video debuted on Thursday and features a number of children with disabilities who talk about how Microsoft’s new Xbox Adaptive Controller helps them play video games. The tech giant […]

Business Employment News

White House security official suspended, alleges boss broke rules

By ALEX MARQUARDT and ZACHARY COHEN, CNN Washington, D.C. (CNN)–A veteran manager in the White House office that processes security clearances has been suspended amid allegations she made against her boss that he endangered national security by breaking the law and flouting security procedures. The supervisor, Carl Kline, was also accused by the suspended official, […]

News Transportation Travel

New rule will require airlines to report damaged wheelchairs and all mishandled luggage

By DAILY HERALD After a lengthy flight, most passengers are poised to spring into action when their airplane lands. But what if, during the flight, the airline damaged your “legs”? That’s how passengers who use wheelchairs like U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth feel when their means of independent transportation are broken by carriers’ mishandling. The problem […]

Healthcare News

Rights group suing ranch: Advocates want to freely question patients

By MARK REAGAN, Staff Writer, THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD A first-of-its-kind mental health jail diversion program between Cameron County and a private healthcare group is the subject of a federal lawsuit a little more than four months after receiving its first residents. Disability Rights Texas filed the lawsuit against Inspired Behavioral Health, the parent company of […]

Americans With Disabilities Act News

George H.W. Bush Remembered As Champion For Those With Disabilities

Former President George H.W. Bush died on December 1, at age 94.
The 41st President signed the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) into law in 1990. Since it’s passage, the ADA—the sweeping civil rights law—is widely credited with helping to pave the way toward a more inclusive society for those with disabilities.

News Obituary

Brothers killed in rage at Pittsburgh synagogue lived in peace as laughing, gentle giants

“The brothers were developmentally disabled and lived in a group home, but as their rabbi said, “That was where they slept. Tree of Life was their home.” By MIKE ARGENTO, USA TODAY PITTSBURGH — The Rodef Shalom Temple, a little more than a mile from the Tree of Life Synagogue, was packed. The 1,200 seats under the ornate, […]

News Supreme Court

The American Association of People with Disabilities Opposes the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

August 15, 2018 STATEMENT The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) opposes the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court based on his previous rulings as a DC Circuit Court Judge that have devalued the lives and liberty of people with disabilities. Judge Kavanaugh’s rulings and statements on health care, […]

Americans With Disabilities Act Education News Obituary

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

By SAM ROBERTS, THE NEW YORK TIMES 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. Born with spina bifida, a congenital defect that causes partial paralysis and impaired speech, she was unable to urinate on […]

Economy Employment News

White House report: Most welfare recipients able to hold jobs, but aren’t

By SUSAN McFARLAND, UPI July 12 (UPI) — A White House report said Thursday most Americans living in poverty who receive government benefits are not working, even though they are able to — a published backing for the Trump administration’s plan to impose new work requirements for welfare recipients. The 66-page report from the White […]