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- Posted by Tim Shaw on 03/02/2015
A U.S. district judge has struck down Nebraska's voter-approved ban on same sex marriage.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 02/19/2015
Will reform happen? The automatic triggering of draconian cuts makes it seem more likely, but the nearly 60-year history of SSDI suggests five major obstacles listed in this blog post from the Washington Post
- Tim Shaw on 01/27/2015
As people with Down syndrome live longer than ever before, the National Institutes of Health is looking to reshape its efforts related to the chromosomal disorder.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 01/26/2015
A Social Security fund that provides benefits to nearly nine million people with disabilities is projected to run out by the end of 2016, and a new House rule could cause headaches for majority Republicans during the upcoming push to shore it up.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 01/21/2015
Film critic Scott Jordan Harris, who himself has a disability, approaches the validity of having non-disabled actors play persons with disabilities onscreen.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 01/15/2015
As a result of actions brought by the Pennsylvania Disability Rights Network, Pennsylvania prison inmates with serious mental illness who misbehave will be diverted to special treatment units instead of being put in isolated cells, according to a settlement released Tuesday.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 01/12/2015
The ABLE Act allows people with disabilities to set aside money, safe from the IRS, for certain purposes, without sacrificing their benefits.
- Jodi Troyer on 01/08/2015
A report showing students with disabilities and students of color are being suspended and expelled in the state's public schools at much higher rates than their non-disabled, white peers.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 01/08/2015
A technical rule change engineered by House Republicans on the first day of the new Congress may signal the beginning of a major battle over the future of the Social Security Disability program—and, more broadly, other federal programs for people with disabilities.
- Tim Shaw on 01/06/2015
A new Nebraska Legislature will kick off its 90-day session, during which it is expected to debate property taxes, prisons and the state budget, among other things.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 01/05/2015
Jazz pianist Mike LeDonne takes inspiration from his daughter Mary to create an annual Disability Pride Day and parade in New York City.
- Tim Shaw on 01/02/2015
A new independent report is calling for less federal oversight of the Beatrice State Development Center.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 12/15/2014
New mental health court to be tested in Iowa's 4th Judicial District. May provide a model for Nebraska.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 12/11/2014
DisArt Festival, a 15-day, multi-faceted celebration of arts, will be launched in downtown Grand Rapids in April to change perceptions about disabilities through art as well as to showcase the work of artists with disabilities.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 12/08/2014
Thoughtful article - what does independence and inclusion look like, and for whom, and where?
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 12/04/2014
U.S. Senate Chose Politics over more than 1 Billion People with Disabilities
- Tim Shaw on 12/02/2014
The Obama administration is reminding schools of their wide-ranging responsibilities to students with disabilities who struggle with speech and other communication difficulties.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 12/01/2014
Two deaf men have filed a federal lawsuit against Cookeville Regional Medical Center, accusing the hospital of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for not providing sign language interpreters.
- Tim Shaw on 11/28/2014
Nebraska group that advocates for the people with disabilities has joined the call for reforms in the use of solitary confinement in state prisons and for better mental health care behind bars.
- Sharon Ohmberger on 11/24/2014
Experts attribute the high percentage of individuals with disabilities in the nation’s bloated prison population — which has grown 700 percent since 1970 — in part to deep problems in the education of children with special needs.
- Tim Shaw on 11/21/2014
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- Tim Shaw on 11/18/2014
Boston University economist Larry Kotlikoff has spent every week, for over two years, answering questions about what is likely your largest financial asset — your Social Security benefits. His Social Security original 34 “secrets”, his additional secrets, his Social Security “mistakes” and his Social Security gotchas have prompted so many of you to write in that we feature “Ask Larry” every Monday. Find a complete list of his columns here. And keep sending us your Social Security questions.
- Tim Shaw on 11/13/2014
Final Part of 3 part series: Nebraska Behavioral Health Service Act 10 Years Later: A Look Back at LB 1083
- Tim Shaw on 11/13/2014
As children grow, they learn to crawl, to walk and then to drive. It turns out, the way they get hurt, and in particular their heads, evolves as as their forms of motion change.
- Tim Shaw on 11/12/2014
Part 2 of 3 part series: Nebraska Behavioral Health Service Act 10 Years Later: A Look Back at LB 1083
- Tim Shaw on 11/11/2014
Part 1 of 3 part series: Nebraska Behavioral Health Service Act 10 Years Later: A Look Back at LB 1083
- Tim Shaw on 11/06/2014
A Michigan woman is under investigation for using children with disabilities to sell candy for what appears to be a fake nonprofit. Children trapped for so long, they are now adults, going on for 20 years. The victims don't know they've been robbed of the lives they could have had.
- Tim Shaw on 11/05/2014
"The trouble with voting is, today is it. There’s no do-over tomorrow," Curtis Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network.
- Tim Shaw on 10/30/2014
A startling increase in assaults at the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center in Alexander has come to light. Disability Rights Arkansas has been monitoring the facility closely.
- Tim Shaw on 10/21/2014
The Nebraska Supreme Court has appointed Nebraska attorney Michelle J. Chaffee as the Director of the Office of Public Guardian. Ms. Chaffee has been serving as Legal Counsel for the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee. She is expected to begin her new position in December, 2014.
- Tim Shaw on 09/30/2014
The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against West Virginia-based developer Biafora’s Incorporated (Biafora) for violating the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The lawsuit alleges that Biafora violated the law when they designed and constructed twenty-three residential properties with barriers that make them inaccessible to persons with disabilities.
- Tim Shaw on 09/03/2014
Judith Widener has entered a plea agreement. Facing punishment for committing a Class III Felony that carries a minimum of 1 year in prison or a maximum of 20 years plus a $25,000 fine, Widener has agreed to restitution of $25,857. Sentencing set for October 15th.
- Tim Shaw on 06/09/2014
Creighton University claims it's a hardship to serve deaf student.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 06/04/2014
“By adding the appropriate language on federalism in a reservation in the treaty, we can have a treaty that recognizes the rights of persons with disabilities, restores American leadership on disability rights, and maintains existing states’ rights and prerogatives under our Constitution,” Sen. Bob Dole.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 05/22/2014
A key U.S. senator is looking to introduce legislation to dramatically expand access to community-based services for people with disabilities nationwide.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 05/09/2014
A federal judge has ordered Creighton University in Omaha to pay nearly $500,000 in legal fees for a deaf medical student who successfully sued the school for discrimination.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 04/21/2014
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that an Iowa mother should have sought court approval before arranging a vasectomy for her mentally disabled son.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 04/11/2014
NPR Story Corps: Collin Smith, 23 years-old, and his friend Ernest Greene, who is 72 shared this story. When Collin was a sophomore in high school, he was in a car accident that left him without the use of his limbs. Ernest attended the same church as Collin's family and though he'd never met Collin, he decided he wanted to help.
Follow the link for their audio story.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 04/08/2014
The Justice Department announced it has entered into the nation’s first statewide civil rights settlement agreement protecting individuals with disabilities who are segregated in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 04/02/2014
The Obama Administration’s much-hyped new hiring rules for federal contractors and subcontractors went into effect March 24, potentially leading to a significant expansion of federal disability hiring.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 03/19/2014
A comprehensive settlement agreement that will provide approximately 4,000 residents of 23 large "adult homes" in New York City the opportunity to live in their own homes has been approved by the US federal court. "Adult homes" are large board and care homes serving primarily people with serious mental illnesses.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 03/12/2014
Technology companies have discovered the value in hiring workers with intellectual disabilities.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 02/27/2014
According to a national survey, 30 percent of college students report feeling "so depressed that it was difficult to function" at some time over the past year.
National Disability Rights Network Applauds Release of Home and Community Based Services Rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesPosted by Sharon Ohmberger on 01/16/2014
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 01/16/2014
A new report indicates rehabilitation programs in Nebraska prisons are inadequate and have not kept pace with a growing population of inmates. The lack of treatment options has exacerbated overcrowding, risks public safety and could violate state laws, according to the report.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 01/02/2014
Lloyd Hackl, a 22-year-old student with autism, contributed skilled post-production work on “American Hustle,” the film. Hackl’s name will appear in the end credits, along with those of Eli Katz, Patrick Brady and Arielle Guthrie, all students of Exceptional Minds, a Sherman Oaks, Calif. nonprofit vocational center and animation studio for young adults with autism.
CLASS ACTION LAW SUITPosted by Tim Shaw on 12/11/2013
If you purchased a disposable hypodermic product manufactured by Becton, Dickinson and Company from a distributor, wholesaler or other third party between January 1, 1988 and July 30, 2013, you may be entitled to benefits from a class action settlement.
Call: 1-800-248-2618 or
Go to this website:
A federal court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 12/10/2013
How people with developmental disabilities are served in Nebraska drew attention from two legislative committees Monday.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 12/05/2013
Disability Rights Nebraska CEO Tim Shaw: “Our current guardianship system needs reform...This case is yet another example of that need.”
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 11/27/2013
"The Nebraska Supreme Court has ordered a systematic review of every guardianship assigned to a Gering woman who was arrested for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars intended for elderly, blind and disabled residents."