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The history and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD

There’s the crash. There’s the boom. There’s the shot. There’s the pain. There’s the voice of the doctor saying to wake up. Eyes open, but there is nothing. All of a sudden, the heart begins beating faster and faster and…
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Siyad describes hopelessness of cycling in and out of jail, not getting help

Every week, the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Jail Project visits the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) in downtown Seattle and the SCORE Jail in Des Moines, Washington, to monitor jail conditions and speak to inmates with mental illness about their experiences.
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Advocacy groups urge overhaul of federal solitary confinement procedures

In an open letter to President Obama [PDF], published October 1, civil rights groups called on the President to follow through on his recent promises to reduce the federal government’s reliance on solitary confinement. “Neuroscience, ethics and international human…
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Utah sued over wait times for competency restoration services

The state of Utah is failing to provide court-ordered competency restoration services in a reasonably timely manner for criminal defendants unable to stand trial, according to a class-action lawsuit filed September 8 by the Disability Law Center and Snell and
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Agreement requires LA education agency to provide special education services in jails

A federal court signed off September 14 on a comprehensive settlement with disability advocates and the Los Angeles County Office of Education to implement new safeguards to ensure inmates with disabilities receive special education services. “This settlement is a significant…
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Service and companion animals

What types of animals can be service animals? Is it okay to approach and pet a service animal? Is my landlord required to accommodate my companion animal even if they have a no pets policy? If you've ever had questions like these, then this is the place for you! The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with Disability Rights Washington to produce two informative videos relating to service and companion animal law in Washington State.
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VA modifies service animal rules

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released final rules updating its regulations for service animals on VA property. The announcement, made August 17, brings the VA in line with the Department of Justice’s 2011 Americans with Disabilities Act regulations for…
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Miniature horse accommodation lawsuit moves forward

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit revived a federal discrimination lawsuit August 14 brought by the family of a young girl who uses a miniature horse to accommodate her disabilities. “While protecting public health and property values…
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Inmates with mental illness tell their stories through the AVID Jail Project

The AVID Jail Project of Disability Rights Washington works on behalf of inmates with mental illness in several local jails. As Washington’s protection and advocacy agency, Disability Rights Washington is in a unique position to bring recording equipment into jails to capture and share the experiences of people with disabilities.