WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2015 -- The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) thanks you for your bi-partisan leadership and dedication to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
NDRN is the national membership association for the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system, the nationwide network of congressionally-mandated agencies that advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and affiliated with the Native American Consortium which includes the Hopi, Navajo and Piute Nations in the Four Corners region of the Southwest.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2015 --The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) thanks you for your bi-partisan leadership and dedication to reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). NDRN writes to you regarding a concern we have about potential amendments to the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA). In strong bi-partisan fashion you have included many provisions in ECAA that are beneficial to all children with disabilities. As the Committee considers the mark-up of ECAA we urge you to reject any amendment that provides special treatment or consideration to children with any one specific disability.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 20, 2014 -- The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) hosted a Civil Rights Roundtable, to brainstorm solutions to the disproportionality in discipline and juvenile justice referrals. The discussion covered the impact that inclusion in more than one protected group has on a young person’s likelihood of being removed from school and/or sent into the juvenile justice system.
WASHINGTON, D.C., (Nov 7, 2014)-- Today we join the White House, and human and civil rights advocates around the country to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act becoming law.
WASHINGTON, D.C., (October 22, 2014)-- On October 7, 2014, the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies on disability policies, called on Congress and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to fund a Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Health Advocacy Program to protect the rights of Medicaid beneficiaries. This is extremely important because people with disabilities, are more likely to experience adverse unintended consequences of Medicaid managed care utilization controls and processes.
WASHINGTON, D.C., (July 2, 2014)-- Today, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has launched a 14(c) Wage and Hour Complaint Initiative to end the exploitation of people with disabilities and advocate fair pay for all. The campaign comes as our nation celebrates 24 years since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 15 years of Olmstead.
WASHINGTON, D.C., (June 24, 2014)-- The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and the nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agencies, which provides advocacy and resources to thousands of people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year, applauds House passage of H.R. 1098, the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2013. “We especially want to thank the lead sponsors Representatives Thomas Rooney (R-FL) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) for their steadfast support of the TBI Act,” said Curt Decker, Executive Director of NDRN.
WASHINGTON, D.C., (May 8)-- The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) released a report, during National Foster Care Month, titled Foster Despair: Improving Access to Education Services for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities in State Custody. Each May, National Foster Care Month serves as a reminder that there are many children with disabilities who do not receive appropriate education because they are placed in congregate care or other institution-type settings rather than with foster families.
WASHINGTON, D.C., (April 23, 2014)-- The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) will provide comments during the Neurological Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) Medical Devices Advisory Committee meeting, later this month, to examine the safety and effectiveness of aversive conditioning devices that use a noxious electrical stimulus.
WASHINGTON, D.C (March 21, 2014)— Today the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights released data providing a comprehensive look at how every public school in the United States educated the nation’s children for the 2011- 12 School Year.
Press Release - March 6, 2014
WASHINGTON – Curt Decker, Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network, decried the Senate’s failure to confirm Debo Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. The confirmation failed in the Senate yesterday by a vote of 52-47.
Press Release - March 6, 2014WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network applauds the introduction of the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act in the U.S. Senate by Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Tom Harkin. Earlier this year, similar legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative George Miller.
Press Release - February 12, 2014
Washington, D.C. The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) applauds the introduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act in the U.S. Senate today. Senator Tom Harkin and Senator Chris Murphy are to be commended for his commitment to ensuring all students are safe in school. Earlier this year, Representatives George Miller and Gregg Harper introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives to address the use of restraint and seclusion on children in schools.
Press Release - January 13, 2014Washington, D.C. The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) applauded the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for release last Friday of the final rule to define when states can use Medicaid funding to pay for home and community based services. “This final rule is important to let states, providers, families, and individuals with disabilities know that the services paid for by Medicaid home and community based waiver funds will be in integrated settings, not some place that is called integrated, but is actually segregated from the public,” said Curt Decker, executive director of NDRN.