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- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 05/13/2015
"...in 44 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the largest prison or jail held more people with serious mental illness than the largest state psychiatric hospital..."
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 05/06/2015
Nearly 568,000 uninsured people who have been diagnosed with a serious mental health condition would have received treatment in 2014 if their states had chosen to expand Medicaid, according to the American Mental Health Counselors Association, a professional organization that does advocacy and education.
- Tim Shaw on 04/30/2015
Children who are bullied by their peers may be more likely to suffer mental health problems later in life than kids who are abused by adults, a study suggests.
- Tim Shaw on 04/21/2015
A plan to rewrite the nation’s primary education law is set to go before the U.S. Senate and it now includes a provision related to restraint and seclusion in schools.
- Tim Shaw on 04/15/2015
The Obama administration is proposing new regulations that would sharply limit people with disabilities from entering employment situations where they earn less than minimum wage.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 04/09/2015
When direct support staff, who work hard for very little compensation, have access to affordable health care, the benefits extend far beyond just one person.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 04/06/2015
We’re all people. The same rules apply. We’ve all got things to deal with in life. Some people’s are just a bit more visible.
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 03/23/2015
Isaac Zablocki co-founded a film festival to showcase films made by and about people with disabilities. The festival, called ReelAbilities, is now in its seventh year. "We tend not to like the films that show disability in a more clichéd sense," he says. "We like a more nuanced sense — or possibly even films that are not about the disability, but rather just happen to have disability in them."
- Posted on 03/20/2015
The United Nations focuses strongly on “the pursuit of happiness” as “a fundamental human goal.”
- Posted by Sharon Ohmberger on 03/19/2015
The number of unresolved cases has mushroomed, as complaints have poured in from around the country about students from kindergarten through college facing discrimination on the basis of race, sex and disabilities.
- Posted by Tim Shaw on 03/11/2015
Jean Vanier, a Canadian, founder of L'Arche network of communities for people with mental disabilities, has won the 2015 Templeton Prize worth $1.7 million.
- 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
Welcome to the ATAP ICT Accessibility Training Portal.
- 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.