Latest Welfare of the disabled News

2 more House Democrats say they will not seek reelection

Jan. 18, 2022 16:17 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two more House Democrats announced Tuesday they won't seek reelection in November, bringing the party's total retirements to 28 ahead of what is expected to be a difficult midterm election year. Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Jerry McNerney of...

Suit highlights suburban unease with addiction centers

Jan. 11, 2022 16:45 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-based addiction treatment center, which like others nationwide has faced fierce opposition to opening suburban branches, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to force one suburb to stop blocking its expansion plans. The suit brought by the Haymarket Center, the...

Georgia hospital agrees to measures to help deaf patients

Jan. 09, 2022 11:01 AM EST

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities have reached an agreement with a Georgia hospital to ensure effective communication with deaf patients. The settlement under the Americans with Disabilities Act was reached Tuesday between the U.S. Department of Justice and...

Autistic woman sues company over firing about communication

Jan. 04, 2022 15:25 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An autistic woman who worked for a North Carolina company has filed a lawsuit over her firing, saying the company never helped her understand what the firm meant when it flagged her for “unprofessional” communication. In a lawsuit filed Dec. 27 in the...

Tennessee appeals order blocking school mask mandate limits

Jan. 04, 2022 04:08 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials are appealing a judge’s order that blocked the state’s new severe limits on when public schools can require masks during the COVID-19 pandemic and its ban against local officials making decisions about quarantines in schools. The...

Renovations planned for Chicago indoor children's garden

Jan. 01, 2022 09:47 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A popular children's garden on Chicago's West Side is slated to undergo renovations starting this spring, with a focus on improving accessibility for people with disabilities. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the estimated $5.6 million project includes a spiral...

German court orders rules to protect the disabled in triage

Dec. 28, 2021 09:52 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court said Tuesday that officials must draw up rules to protect disabled people if hospitals end up having to triage patients in the pandemic. The Federal Constitutional Court said that the parliament violated a clause in the constitution stating...

Paraplegic real estate agent tackles housing accessibility

Dec. 25, 2021 09:03 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — William Sweeney began hatching an idea nearly 10 years ago after waking up from a medically-induced coma and learning he was a paraplegic. After various operations and months in rehabilitation, Sweeney needed a place to live that was wheelchair accessible...

Massachusetts housing authority faces discrimination lawsuit

Dec. 22, 2021 09:25 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities have filed an amended lawsuit that alleges a Massachusetts city's housing authority and its executive director violated federal housing laws by discriminating against Black and Hispanic tenants and potential tenants as well as tenants with disabilities. ...

DOJ: Connecticut violates rights of youth inmates at Manson

Dec. 21, 2021 15:59 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that its investigation into Connecticut's Manson Youth Institution found the state's Correction Department has been violating the civil rights of incarcerated children. The investigation stemmed from a 2019 report by the state Office...