ADA

Johnny T. and Lihn N. v. Vy Chi Nguyen, MD, et al.

Despite advances in education, awareness, and legal protections, people living with HIV continue to face stigma and discrimination in critical areas such as health care. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits medical providers from discriminating against potential or actual patients based on their disabilities.Continue reading Johnny T. and Lihn N. v. Vy Chi Nguyen, MD, et al.

Orange County Residents Sue County and State Agencies

Orange County Residents Sue County and State Agencies for Discrimination in Medical Services Against Persons with HIV

Despite advances in education, awareness, and legal protections such as the ADA passed 26 years ago, people living with HIV continue to face stigma and discrimination — including health care.

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Do More Than Worry About Disability Rights — Fuel Our Fight This #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday
In case you have not heard, #GivingTuesday is an annual global day of giving that celebrates generosity and kindness.

As disability civil rights advocates — and people with disabilities — we remain profoundly worried about health care and education (among other issues). We know you are, too.
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NAD Lawsuit Against Harvard and MIT Moves Forward

For Immediate Release

CONTACTS:

Namita Gupta, DREDF Staff Attorney
ngupta@dredf.org; 510-644-2555 ext. 5231

Tim Fox, CREEC Co-Executive Director
Tfox@creeclaw.org; 303-757-7901

Lizzie Sorkin, NAD Communications Director
lizzie.sokin@nad.org; 301-587-1788
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The National Association of the Deaf and Hulu Reach Agreement

CREEC, NAD and DREDF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Namita Gupta, Staff Attorney
510-644-2555 ext, 5231, ngupta@dredf.org
Ingrid Tischer, Director of Development
510-644-2555, ext. 5241, itischer@dredf.org

The National Association of the Deaf and Hulu Reach Agreement

Hulu will provide the captioning option to all subscribers, improving the entertainment experience for deaf and hard of hearing people.

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DREDF letter Opposing HR 3765

July 6, 2016

Honorable Trent Franks
Chair, Subcommittee Constitution and Civil Justice
House Judiciary Committee
2435 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Honorable Steve Cohen
Ranking Member, Subcommittee Constitution and Civil Justice
House Judiciary Committee
2404 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Franks and Ranking Member Cohen:
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Arlene B. Mayerson to Receive Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights

Arlene B Mayerson“Arlene’s contributions as an attorney, policy architect, and scholar are unparalleled in disability law and policy. Her foundational legal principles and innovative approaches to addressing complex, intersectional injustices continues to this day and will be invaluable to future advocates. Arlene’s work is built to last and to evolve,” said Claudia Center, President and Chair of DREDF’s Board of Directors.

We are incredibly proud to announce that DREDF Directing Attorney Arlene B. Mayerson, will receive the American Bar Association’s Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights. The ABA Commission on Disability Rights selected Mayerson for her commitment and service as a disability rights advocate.

Devoting her career exclusively to disability rights practice, Mayerson has represented clients on a wide array of issues. She has provided representation, consultation to counsel, and coordination of amicus briefs on pivotal disability rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was appointed to the Civil Rights Reviewing Authority, which is responsible for reviewing the U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights decisions.
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NFB and Disability Advocates Charge Federal Health Agency With Civil Rights Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contacts:

Chris Danielsen, NFB, Director of Public Relations
410-659-9314, ext. 2330
410)-262-1281 (Cell)
cdanielsen@nfb.org

Silvia Yee, DREDF Senior Staff Attorney
syee@dredf.org, 510-644-2555
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Juan Figueroa, Derek Manners, Martti Mallinan, and The National Federation of the Blind v. US Department of Health and Human Services

The lawsuit filed by National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and individual plaintiffs Juan Figueroa, Derek Manners, and Martti Mallinen charges the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through its sub-agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and its CMS sub-contractors, with systemically violating the civil rights of blind Medicare recipients.
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Good news on NAD vs MIT! Our communication access case involving massive open online courses (MOOCs) will move forward

On February 9, 2016, the Massachusetts District Court rejected MIT’s motions for a stay and to dismiss NAD’s lawsuit. The ruling also ensured plaintiffs will not have to wait the Department of Justice to issue regulations regarding website accessibility. The court recognized that MIT’s and, implicitly, other universities’ online education courses, are subject to broad Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act protections, and can be required to provide equal access to people with disabilities.

DREDF is pleased to announce — with our co-counsel the National Association of the Deaf and CREEC — that the Massachusetts District Court has rejected MIT’s motions for a stay and to dismiss NAD’s lawsuit. Filed in 2015, the case takes on MIT’s failure to caption online content in thousands of videos that they make available to the public on the internet, a failure that prevents effective communication and an equal opportunity for people who are deaf and hard of hearing from benefiting from the online video content. The ruling also ensures plaintiffs will not have to wait the Department of Justice to issue regulations regarding website accessibility. The court has recognized that MIT’s and, implicitly, other universities’ online education courses, are subject to broad Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act protections, and can be required to provide equal access to people with disabilities.