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How Proposed Changes to Public Charge Will Make It Hard to Immigrate with a Disability

Immigration is already an expensive, difficult process for anyone—but it might soon become even harder for immigrants with disabilities. In October 2018, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a rule change to existing laws surrounding immigration known as public charge.
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Why Involving Disabled People in Disaster Planning Saves Lives

During Hurricane Harvey in August, a striking image went viral: Nursing home residents sitting in waist deep floodwaters, surrounded by floating debris, an angry cat in the background. The Harvey flooding victims (and the cat) were rescued, but scarcely
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The Americans with Disabilities Act: Then and Now

On Thursday, July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I was in my first year working at a Center for Independent Living, and my understanding of disability was evolving. I was starting…
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How Much Has the Americans with Disabilities Act Positively Impacted College Students?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has made great strides in equal access, but it has not accomplished nearly enough. As a recent graduate, I experienced first-hand the dichotomy between how the ADA has positively impacted the college experience, and…
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Healthcare Reform and its Impact on the Disabled Community: Restructuring Medicaid

As cuts to the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) and Medicaid loom, the disability community is at risk. The uncertainty around impending changes have many disabled and chronically ill people quite literally in fear for their lives. As a healthcare advocate…
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True Activists Don’t Just “Drive-by”

Here’s an unpopular opinion: Anderson Cooper’s recent coverage of “drive-by lawsuits” on 60 Minutes wasn’t nearly as egregious as many disabled people seem to believe. Such lawsuits, named for the speed and lack of warning with which they are…
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Setting the Bar Higher for Inclusion in the Legal Field

Employers in the legal field sign pledges to commit ourselves to promoting a just workplace with equal opportunity for advancement and recognition of the impact of implicit bias. We use “diversity” and “inclusion” as buzzwords. But what does all of…
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DOJ sues Georgia school system over segregation of students with disabilities

The Department of Justice sued the state of Georgia on August 23, accusing it of systematically violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by segregating thousands of students with disabilities in a separate, inferior educational system. “This complaint alleges that many…
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Advocates criticize proposed SSA administrative rules

Sixteen disability rights groups, including the National Disability Rights Network, submitted comments to the Social Security Administration on August 26, pushing back against proposed changes to the procedural rules for Social Security disability benefits. Under the proposed regulations,…