Author Archives: DREDF

Urgent: New Information on How to SAVE the ADA!

February 8, 2018
Next Wednesday, February 14 or Thursday, February 15, the House of Representatives is likely to vote on H.R. 620, a dangerous bill that seeks to reverse nearly three decades of civil rights protections for people with disabilities. H.R. 620 not only allows equal access violators to keep breaking the law, it rewards them for it!

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Urgent: Save the ADA! House will vote NEXT WEEK on H.R.620

February 7, 2018
Big business is trying to bamboozle the House and the American public into an unnecessary law misleadingly titled the "ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017" (H.R.620) that would make it even harder for disabled Americans who have been "holding it," waiting to use the same restrooms, shop at the same department stores, and eat at the same restaurants as our non-disabled friends and family members, for almost 30 years!

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Why Medicaid Work Requirements Hurt Disabled Americans and the Nation

January 22, 2018
On January 11, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a State Medicaid Director Letter providing new guidance for Section 1115 waiver proposals that would impose work requirements (referred to as community engagement) in Medicaid as a condition of eligibility. With a proposal already approved for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and at least nine additional states poised to quickly follow suit, this hasty, ill-informed decision will create new barriers to health care for people with disabilities and further entrench workplace prejudices and stereotypes.

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Compounded Disparities: Health Equity at the Intersection of Disability, Race, and Ethnicity

January 19, 2018
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) releases seminal, paper, Compounded Disparities: Health Equity at the Intersection of Disability, Race, and Ethnicity, authored by DREDF staff and colleagues.

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Available Disability Rights Clinical Internships

January 4, 2018
The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), located in Berkeley, California, offers field placement internships and summer positions for law students.  Academic term internships generally involve a commitment of 8 to 16 hours per week.  Summer internships generally involve a 40-hour per week commitment for at least 5 weeks, and preferably 8 to 10 weeks.  Individuals with disabilities, minority, and women candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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Congress Is Feeling the Heat. But Beware of the Hidden Costs of the GOP’s #TaxOnDisability

December 15, 2017
On December 15, the Senate and House agreed on a final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The House is expected to vote on the final bill Tuesday or Wednesday with Senate vote coming shortly thereafter.

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The FCC Just Voted To Take Away Net Neutrality. The Good News? Congress Can Still Stop It.

December 14, 2017
Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed net neutrality — a terrible step for what has traditionally been a free and open internet, and for American democracy. Repeal of net neutrality rules will allow dominant companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to discriminate against rivals by prioritizing their own content.

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