Latest Disability rights News

Feds investigating treatment of mentally ill in Louisville

May. 24, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into how Kentucky cares for mentally ill adults in the Louisville area. The probe will look into potential violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Investigators are looking at whether the state...

U.S. civil rights enforcers warn employers against biased AI

May. 12, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

The federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor worker productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities, sending a warning to employers that the commonly used hiring tools could violate civil rights laws. ...

McConnell, Utah leaders honor 'larger than life' Orrin Hatch

May. 06, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell paid tribute to the late Sen. Orrin Hatch on Friday, celebrating the Utah icon as a principled conservative, committed public servant and man of faith. Two weeks after Hatch died at age 88 from complications stemming from...

New Mexico resolves 1987 lawsuit by developmentally disabled

Apr. 28, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legal battle aimed at providing adequate services to people with developmental disabilities in New Mexico has come to a close after more than three decades. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday that a final U.S. District Court order...

Singapore court dismisses final appeal of disabled Malaysian

Apr. 26, 2022 08:00 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Singapore Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed a last-minute legal challenge filed by the mother of a mentally disabled Malaysian man in an attempt to halt his execution for drug trafficking. The dismissal of the motion clears the way for the execution of...

41 Kentucky parks to receive $4.2M for improvements

Apr. 25, 2022 04:12 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Forty-one parks across Kentucky will receive $4.2 million in federal funding to make upgrades and improve accessibility, officials said. The funding will go toward a wide variety of improvements, including new playground equipment, walking and biking paths,...

CVS, feds reach agreement on vaccine portal accessibility

Apr. 11, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — CVS Pharmacy has reached a settlement with federal prosecutors that will ensure the company's online vaccination scheduling portal remains fully accessible to people with disabilities, officials said Monday. The U.S. attorney's office in Rhode Island alleged...

Treatment for opioid addiction often brings discrimination

Apr. 09, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Danielle Russell was in the emergency department at an Arizona hospital last fall, sick with COVID-19, when she made the mistake of answering completely when she was asked what medications she was on. “I said yes, I was taking methadone,” said Russell, a...

Boston transit agency resolves discrimination allegations

Apr. 06, 2022 10:45 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has resolved allegations that it violated laws protecting disabled people when it contracted with ride-hailing companies to provide transportation for people who use wheelchairs, federal prosecutors said. Prosecutors in a...

Lawmakers won't get remote access while lawsuit continues

Mar. 28, 2022 13:39 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Medically vulnerable lawmakers who went to court seeking remote access to the New Hampshire House won't get their way while their lawsuit proceeds, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Six Democrats sued Republican House Speaker Sherm Packard in February...