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NDRN Applauds Ban on Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Press Release - January 27, 2016

In response to President Obama’s statement about the unnecessary use of solitary confinement in our nation’s prisons, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) issued the following statement:


NDRN Statement in Response to Executive Action to Reduce Gun Violence

Press Release - January 6, 2016

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network’s Executive Director, Curt Decker, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s executive action to reduce gun violence:


National Disability Rights Network, Department of Labor Enter Agreement that Assists Workers with Disabilities

Press Release - December 16, 2015

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is pleased to announce an agreement with the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor.


NDRN Awarded Grants to Provide Training and Technical Assistance to the P&A System

Press Release - October 21, 2015

 WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is pleased to announce it has been awarded more than $12 million in grants and contracts over the next 5 years to provide training and technical assistance to the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system.


NDRN Statement on Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

Press Release - October 6, 2015

Washington - Last week, Senators Chuck Grassley and Richard Durbin introduced the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) Executive Director Curt Decker issued the following statement: “The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act has a number of positive implications for individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities compose a disproportionate percentage of the jail and prison population nationally, yet their needs often go unmet..


NDRN Statement in Support of Secretary Duncan's Proposal to Reduce Incarceration and Increase School Funding

Press Release - September 30, 2015

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave a speech about the Administration's plans for education policy. In that speech he stated

“If our states and localities took just half the people convicted of nonviolent crimes and found paths for them other than incarceration, they would save upwards of $15 billion a year.” Those funds could then be reinvested “… into paying the teachers who are working in our highest-need schools and communities – they could provide a 50 percent average salary increase to every single one of them.” The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) strongly supports Secretary Duncan’s proposal.


Statement on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina  

Press Release - August 25, 2015

Washington, DC — This week the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) joins human and civil rights advocates from around the country to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the catastrophic storm that swept through the gulf coast the week of August 27 – 29, 2005.


National Disability Rights Network Commends Introduction of Voting Rights Advancement Act  

Press Release - June 24, 2015 

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network issued the following statement after today’s introduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act by Senators Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin, and Chris Coons and Representatives John Lewis, Terri Sewell, Linda Sanchez and Judy Chu:


Reforms Needed to Prevent Children with Disabilities from Being Lost in the Juvenile Justice System

Press Release - June 10, 2015

Washington, DC —Children with disabilities are disproportionately placed in the juvenile justice system, receive inadequate treatment and are denied educational opportunities, the National Disability Rights Network asserted in a report released today.


Civil Rights Leaders Meet to Discuss Suspension, Expulsion and Juvenile Justice Referrals

Press Release - November 20, 2014

Washington, DC — 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.


National Disability Rights Network recognizes 5-year anniversary of Matthew Shepard Act

Press Release - November 7, 2014

Washington, DC — 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.


Federal Disability Council Calls on Congress to Fund a Health Care Rights Program Run by the Nationwide Protection and Advocacy Systems

Press Release - October 22, 2014

Washington, DC — 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.


The National Disability Rights Network launches Wage and Hour Complaint Initiative

Press Release - July 2, 2014

Washington, DC — 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.


National Disability Rights Network Applauds House Passage of H.R. 1098 the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2013

Press Release - June 24, 2014

Washington, DC — 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.


Foster Despair: Improving Access to Education Services for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities in State Custody

Press Release - May 8, 2014

Washington, DC — 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.


NDRN testifies on the effectiveness of aversive conditioning devices

Press Release - April 23, 2014

Washington, DC — 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.


New DOE Data Reveals Gross Inequities in Our Nation’s Schools  

Press Release - March 21, 2014

Washington, DC — 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.


National Disability Rights Network Decries Senate’s Failure to Confirm Debo Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General

Press Release - March 6, 2014

Washington, DC — 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.


NDRN Applauds Introduction of Bill to Address Abuse in Residential Programs: Urges Swift Senate Passage

Press Release - March 6, 2014

Washington, DC —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.

Senate Introduces Keeping All Students Safe Act - NDRN Urges Swift Senate Passage

Press Release - February 12, 2014

Washington, DC — 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.


National Disability Rights Network Applauds Release of Home and Community Based Services Rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Press Release - January 13, 2014

Washington, DC —–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.

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