Civil Rights

National Call-In Day on Wednesday, November 29!!!
Stop the #TaxOnDisability

November 27, 2017
If the GOP Senate manages to eliminate the individual mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act insurance premiums are projected to increase by 10% on average and an estimated 13 million people will lose health insurance.

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The ADA Is Under Serious Attack! Tell the House of Representatives to OPPOSE H.R. 620

October 4, 2017
H.R. 620 and similar ADA notification bills are gaining more steam in Congress than ever before. If any passes, it will take the heart out of the ADA by denying people with disabilities the power to enforce its requirements.
H.R. 620 has passed the House Judiciary Committee and could proceed to the House floor at any time. The entire House needs to hear from us, starting immediately and for the next few weeks!

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27th Anniversary of the ADA

July 26, 2017
As the the sun sets here in the West, we extend our thanks to Senator Bob Casey for supporting liberty and freedom for Americans with Disabilities on the 27th Anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We'll rise on July 27, and continue to work with you and our fellow advocates to defend access to health care for millions of Americans.

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Students With Reading Disorders Sue Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) for Failing to Educate Them

May 2, 2017
Berkeley, California - Disability rights lawyers filed a complaint in federal court today against Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), the BUSD Superintendent, the BUSD Board of Education, and the Directors of the BUSD Board of Education, for systemically failing to educate students with reading disorders, and students who are suspected to have reading disorders.

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Action Alert: Call Your Senator to Save Equitable Access Protections for Students with Disabilities!

March 7, 2017
Last week, the House of Representatives voted to overturn the ESSA regulations. As soon as Wednesday, March 8, the Senate is set to vote on the repeal of ESSA regulations. If the regulations are repealed, students with disabilities lose the protections the regulations provide to ensure equitable access to education.

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

November 29, 2016
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

November 8, 2016
Judge Mark G. Mastroianni of the District Court of Massachusetts denied Massachusetts Institute for Technology's (MIT) and Harvard University's motions to dismiss the National Association of the Deaf's (NAD) and other named plaintiffs' complaint that the institution discriminates against deaf and hard of hearing people by failing to caption the vast and varied array of online content they make available to the general public, including massive open online courses (MOOCs). Today's decision affirms that plaintiffs' case will be going forward.

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DREDF and Allies Submit Comments on Website Accessibility

October 21, 2016
On October 7, 2016, in response to the U.S. Department of Justice's Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rule regarding Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government, DREDF has signed onto comments submitted by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB); National Association of the Deaf (NAD); National Disability Rights Network; and Paralyzed Veterans of America, among others. The comments emphasize that the internet has become a fundamental part of every day life, and state and local government websites must remove the serious barriers facing people with disabilities in accessing critical government information online.

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