Category Archives: Legislation

Remembering Olmstead: 17 Years of Community Participation and Independence for People with Disabilities

Seventeen years ago, on June 22nd, 1999, the US Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C. that the unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities is a form of unlawful discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  What is … Continue reading

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25/40: Celebrating the ADA and VSA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by George H. W. Bush on July 26th, 1990. Building upon previous civil rights legislation, the ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability, outlines provisions for reasonable accommodations for employees with … Continue reading

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Justice Department Proposes Movie Theater Accessibility Rules

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is proposing new accessibility requirements for movie theaters. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act contains broad language prohibiting public businesses from discriminating against people with disabilities. In many cases, public businesses are … Continue reading

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Disability Organizations to Host Free Webinar on July 9th on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

On Wednesday, July 9th the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), the U.S. International Council on Disability (USICD), and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) are hosting a free informative webinar, “Convention on the Rights of … Continue reading

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Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of the Olmstead decision, the landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the right of individuals with disabilities to a life within their community. The Olmstead v L.C. (527 U.S. 581) … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Transportation Hosts Online Dialog for Individuals to Share Their Thoughts on Mobility and Transportation Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is holding an online dialog about transportation and assistive technology for people with disabilities between now and Friday, May 30th, 2014. DOT needs your input on mobility and transportation technology preferences and needs of … Continue reading

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Forty Years Later: The Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act

September 26th, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 also known as the RehabAct.  The RehabAct was sponsored by Representative John Brademas [IN-3] and signed into law by President Richard Nixon.  The Federal legislation authorized the … Continue reading

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Affordable Health Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace Opens on October 1st!

The Affordable Care Act (health care reform bill) created a new way to buy health insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace. Starting October 1st, individuals will be able to submit a single application to the Marketplace to see all the health … Continue reading

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Las Personas con Discapacidad y la Ley de Equidad de Vivienda

Este año, la Ley Federal de Equidad de Vivienda celebra 45o aniversario. Para celebrar, vamos a destacar lo que la Ley de Equidad de Vivienda hace y cómo afecta a las personas con discapacidad. ¿Qué es la Ley de Equidad … Continue reading

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People with Disabilities and the Fair Housing Act

This year, the federal Fair Housing Act celebrates its 45th anniversary. In celebration, we will highlight what the Fair Housing Act does and how it affects people with disabilities. What is the Fair Housing Act? The Fair Housing Act, enacted … Continue reading

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