Latest Disability rights News

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Aug. 01, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

Traverse City Record-Eagle. July 31, 2022. Editorial: Weak state laws on mobile homes need fixed Michigan has more than 1,200 mobile home parks, with at least a dozen of them in the Traverse City area. Amid the array of housing choices in the region,...

Judge: Uber doesn't have to offer wheelchair accessibility

Jul. 26, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California federal judge has rejected a legal push to require Uber to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles, finding that such a mandate would be too onerous on the ride-hailing company. U.S. District Chief Judge Richard Seeborg ruled Monday in San Francisco...

Langevin to name leaders for Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus

Jul. 24, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin is naming two politicians who will be leaders on issues affecting Americans with disabilities as he prepares to retire from Congress. The Rhode Island Democrat is hosting an event Tuesday in Washington to mark the 32nd...

Feds sue Cubs, allege changes to Wrigley not ADA-compliant

Jul. 14, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

The federal government sued the Chicago Cubs on Thursday and accused the team of failing to make Wrigley Field accessible to those with disabilities when the century-old ballpark was modernized in a half-billion dollar project that added luxury seating, bathrooms and restaurants. The...

Biden nominates two more judges for western Washington

Jul. 13, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday made two more nominations for the federal bench in western Washington state: Seattle lawyers Jamal Whitehead and Kymberly Evanson. Whitehead is a civil litigator with the firm Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, where he focuses on...

Funding awarded for work at parks in 2 Kentucky counties

Jun. 22, 2022 20:05 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's most populated county has received nearly $360,000 in awards to enhance accessibility and improve three parks, while $400,000 is being provided for two parks in another county, Gov. Andy Beshear said. The funding is for projects at Jefferson...

DOJ: Maine violates ADA in care of kids with disabilities

Jun. 22, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine unnecessarily institutionalizes youths with mental health and developmental disabilities because of a lack of sufficient community-based services that would allow them to stay in their homes, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday in declaring a violation of...

NYC subways to be more accessible under lawsuit settlement

Jun. 22, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s iconic subway system will become more accessible to people with disabilities under terms of a settlement announced Wednesday that resolves two lawsuits filed by disability rights advocates. Currently only 113 of the 472 stations have elevators or...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 15, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. June 14, 2022. Editorial: LCSD playing with fire in its proposed medical marijuana policy From the moment the Mississippi Legislature passed a law to create a medical marijuana program in January, it was inevitable that litigation would follow. ...

Private companies in Oregon jails must serve inmates equally

Jun. 08, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that private companies providing services to people in Oregon jail custody must abide by federal laws prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations. The ruling last week came in a case involving a deaf man who filed a...