Latest Disability rights News

Construction boom awaits Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Jan. 16, 2021 1:01 AM EST

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Big plans are ahead for Theodore Roosevelt National Park this year. Long-awaited road repairs will begin to take shape. The $5.5 million Peaceful Valley Ranch restoration project is expected to be complete in the spring. And the park will be working closely with the planned Theodore...

FILE - In this March 28, 2014 file photo, former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh recounts the Three Mile Island Nuclear Crisis during a two-day event marking the 35th anniversary of the partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pa.  Thornburgh died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause it not yet known. (Mark Pynes/The Patriot-News via AP)

Dick Thornburgh, ex-governor and US attorney general, dies

Dec. 31, 2020 3:38 PM EST

Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility...

FILE - This Dec. 19, 2019, file photo, shows the entrance to the Glenwood Resource Center campus in Glenwood, Iowa. In a report released Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, the U.S. Justice Department has found that Glenwood Resource Center, the Iowa state-run care center for people with intellectual disabilities, likely violated the constitutional rights of residents by subjecting them to human experiments, some of which were deemed dangerous. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)

Feds probe Iowa care home: Disabled 'not human guinea pigs'

Dec. 22, 2020 10:10 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has found a state-run care center for people with intellectual disabilities has likely violated the constitutional rights of residents by subjecting them to human experiments, some of which were deemed dangerous by federal investigators. A report released...

Blind voters claim discrimination by Indiana officials

Dec. 5, 2020 9:24 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Blind voters argue in a federal lawsuit that Indiana officials are restricting their voting rights by not adopting methods that allow them to cast ballots from home without the assistance of others. The lawsuit filed this past week by three blind residents and two advocacy groups...

Student aims to improve transit for disabled Virginians

Dec. 5, 2020 9:00 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With $137 million in new transit funding up for grabs across the Richmond region over the next year, a VCU graduate student is hoping to channel resources into improving the lives of people with disabilities. Rebekah Cazares, a Wilder Fellow with PlanRVA, the region’s district...

Koh Seng Choon, right, executive director of Dignity Kitchen, talks to volunteersĀ at Dignity Kitchen in Hong Kong on Nov. 17, 2020. Located smack in the middle of Hong Kong's bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, Dignity Kitchen offers an array of mouthwatering Singaporean fare. But what sets Dignity Kitchen apart from other restaurants in the city is that it is a social enterprise, almost entirely staffed by employees with physical or mental disabilities. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

One Good Thing: Hong Kong restaurant trains the disabled

Dec. 4, 2020 12:43 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Located smack in the middle of Hong Kong’s bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, Dignity Kitchen offers an array of mouthwatering Singaporean fare — from piping-hot laksa (noodles in a spicy coconut milk broth) to fragrant slices of chiffon cake flavored with the essence of pandan...

Lawmaker in wheelchair puts Capitol access in spotlight

Nov. 28, 2020 10:11 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Soon Colorado will get its first state lawmaker known to use a wheelchair. Democrat David Ortiz was elected by voters in south Metro Denver and will be sworn into office in January. But the Capitol building, where he’ll work and where he’s supposed to interact with his...