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House passes disability special needs trusts measure

By a vote of 383-22 on September 20, the House of Representatives approved a new bill that allows people with disabilities to set up their own special needs trusts. “The Special Needs Trust Fairness and Medicaid Improvement Act corrects a…
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Supreme Court to hear Endrew special education case

The Supreme Court announced September 29 that it will review a case that could redefine the level of education that schools must legally provide to comply with federal special education law. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, passed in 1975,…
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ABLE Act modifications advance in the Senate

The US Senate may soon hear two new bills that seek to build on a 2014 law that aims to make people with disabilities more economically self-sufficient. Under the ABLE Act, signed by President Obama in December 2014, people with…

Advocates sue Texas ride-share companies

Aundrea Moore is a blind woman in Austin, recently retired from a career at the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Now that Uber and Lyft have left Austin in response to new regulations, she is limited in her options for taxi…
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Oklahoma workers’ compensation “opt-out” law struck down

A recently passed Oklahoma law allowing employers to opt out of most of the state’s workers’ compensation program violates the state’s constitution, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled September 13. “The core provision of the Opt Out Act, creates impermissible,…
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Circuit court casts doubt on mental illness, firearm prohibition

Clifford Tyler was briefly involuntarily committed in 1985, following a bout of severe depression arising from an emotional divorce from a marriage of 23 years. In 2011, Tyler attempted to purchase a gun. Despite having no subsequent diagnosis or documented…
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Lawsuit alleges cruel and unusual punishment at Montana State Hospital

Ryan Bragg is a 21-year-old man with mental illness who is civilly committed at Montana State Hospital. Frustrated by the lack of running water in his room, Bragg broke off the fire sprinkler from the ceiling on June 16, partially…
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MBTA to subsidize ride-sharing for people with disabilities

Uber and Lyft will soon receive subsidies from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency to expand their services to riders with disabilities, under a one-year pilot project announced September 16. “We want to meet the needs of our customers to…
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Hulu reaches closed captioning settlement

One of the nation’s largest subscription video on-demand services will soon make all of its full-length English and Spanish content fully accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hulu announced the agreement September 6 with the National