Latest Welfare of the disabled News

Suit settled over treatment of students with disabilities

Nov. 25, 2021 08:34 AM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Virginia's largest school district has reached a settlement with parents and advocacy groups over the treatment of students with disabilities. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the settlement effectively ends more than two years of...

Tennessee gov backs signing bill aide said violates US law

Nov. 22, 2021 18:22 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor on Monday stood by his decision to sign sprawling limits on COVID-19 restrictions into law, even though his own office warned the bill would violate federal disability law and put the state at risk of losing federal funds. ...

Tennessee governor's aide warned new COVID law was illegal

Nov. 19, 2021 19:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's office warned lawmakers that their sprawling bill limiting COVID-19 restrictions would violate federal law that protects people with disabilities and put the state at risk of losing federal funds, according to records obtained by The...

New Mexico governor to request $59M for veterans' home

Nov. 11, 2021 18:35 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has vowed to request $59 million in capital funding during the upcoming legislative session to finance major improvements at the troubled New Mexico State Veterans’ Home. She announced the plan in a...

US sues Uber, saying wait fees discriminate against disabled

Nov. 10, 2021 16:23 PM EST

The federal government is suing Uber saying it discriminates against disabled people by charging fees when drivers have to wait for passengers to board their vehicles. Uber's “wait time” fees kick in two minutes after a driver arrives, and are charged until the car...

State's home care program has big problems, advocates say

Nov. 09, 2021 18:01 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Advocates for people with disabilities gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to protest what they say is the eroding quality of home care services under Pennsylvania's new managed care system, problems being accelerated by the pandemic. Part of...

Singapore urged not to hang disabled Malaysian in drug case

Nov. 05, 2021 00:00 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore is due to hang a Malaysian man next week for smuggling a small amount of heroin into the country, but legal and human rights groups are urging the execution be halted because the man is intellectually disabled. Nagaenthran...

State says disabled not entitled to reasonable accommodation

Nov. 04, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge is weighing whether a medical facility violated the state’s equal accommodation law by refusing to complete a sports physical for a boy with Down syndrome who wanted to compete in Special Olympics. The judge heard arguments Thursday...

Nebraska budget chair expects many requests for federal cash

Nov. 03, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A leading Nebraska senator who helps create the state budget said Wednesday that he's already getting requests for how to spend the state's share of federal pandemic relief money, and he's expecting a lot more. Sen. John Stinner, chairman of the...

Oahu public bus system puts COVID-19 vaccine mandate on hold

Nov. 02, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The operator of Oahu's public buses has put its employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate on hold. Oahu Transit Services operates the public bus system called TheBus and the transit service for people with disabilities called TheHandi-Van. ...