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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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Ninth Circuit Takes California Department Of Education (CDE) To Task

Ninth Circuit Takes California Department Of Education to Task in Major and Unprecedented Ruling for State’s Schoolchildren

December 15, 2016

The Ninth Circuit affirmed U.S. Northern California District Court Judge Thelton Henderson’s orders that the California Department of Education (CDE) must implement a corrective action plan designed to ensure that its special education monitoring system would comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Consent Decree in the case, a class action brought to protect the special education rights of students with disabilities. The decision is the culmination of nearly 20 years of attempting to reform failed local and state-level special education policies.
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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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East County NAACP Sues Antioch Unified School District for Violating Agreement on Civil and Disability Rights

National Center for Youth Law, Equal Justice Society, Morrison Foerester and DREDF.

East County NAACP Sues Antioch Unified School District for
Violating Agreement on Civil and Disability Rights

District’s Broken Promises Deny African American Students a Quality Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 7, 2016

CONTACT:

Arlene Mayerson
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
amayerson@dredf.org
510-644-2555 x5241

Allison Elgart
Equal Justice Society
aelgart@equaljusticesociety.org
415-288-8708

Michael Harris
National Center for Youth Law
mharris@youthlaw.org
510-835-8098 x3006

Martinez, CA – The East County NAACP filed suit on July 6, 2016 against the Antioch Unified School District (AUSD) for violating an agreement intended to address civil rights violations against African American students. That agreement, and the current lawsuit, seek to end AUSD’s disproportionate suspensions and expulsions of African American students, particularly those with disabilities.
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California Assisted Suicide Law Is Denounced By Leading Disability Rights Policy Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2016
CONTACTS:
Marilyn Golden, Senior Policy Analyst, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
(510) 549-9339
mgolden@dredf.org

CALIFORNIA ASSISTED SUICIDE LAW IS DENOUNCED
BY LEADING DISABILITY RIGHTS POLICY CENTER

Announces national web resource for reporting abuses and other problems

Berkeley, CA – June 7, 2016 – The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, a leading national disability rights law and policy center based in Berkeley, California, denounces the enactment of California’s End of Life Option Act, which goes into effect on June 9.
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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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NAD and Gogo Agree to Make Closed Captions Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

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 Gogo LLC Agree to Make Closed Captions Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

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Self-Driving Cars the Focus of Latest Report from the NCD

Concord, NH – On Monday, November 2, 2015, the National Council on Disability (NCD)—an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy—will release “Self-Driving Cars: Mapping Access to a Technology Revolution” at its quarterly meeting in Concord, NH with a brief summary of the report’s findings and recommendations.
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Amazon Agrees to Caption Amazon Video By December 31, 2016

The National Association of the Deaf and Amazon.com, Inc. Agree to Expand Closed Captions on Amazon Video

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and Amazon.com, a leading online streaming entertainment provider, have reached an agreement that will extend Amazon’s ongoing captioning even deeper into its back catalog of TV shows and movies streamed through its on-demand entertainment service, Amazon Video.
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