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

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.


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

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.


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

Press Release - March 6, 2014

WASHINGTON – 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, 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.

 


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, 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.

 


NDRN and the P&A System Calls on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Approve the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Press Release - November 21, 2013

Washington, D.C. – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agencies call on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to quickly vote the treaty out of Committee and report it to the full Senate for ratification. Senate ratification will restore the United States to a global leadership position on human rights for persons with disabilities.


Disability Group Finds Barriers to Accessibility at 95% of Amtrak Stations

Press Release - October 15, 2013

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) announced today that a review of Amtrak stations found 95% have major barriers preventing people with disabilities from using the nation’s rail system.


NDRN Applauds Department of ED for Addressing Bullying, But More Must Be Done to Keep Students Safe in Schools

Press Release - August 20, 2013

WASHINGTON – In a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter released today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) stated the “Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is committed to working with States to ensure that school districts provide all children with positive, safe, and nurturing school environments in which they can learn, develop, and participate. OSERS is issuing this letter to provide an overview of a school district’s responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to address bullying of students with disabilities.”


Statement by Executive Director Curt Decker Supporting Section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act

Press Release - August 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – I read with interest Professor Bagenstos’ analysis, “Section 511 is Not a Step Forward” as he is a nationally known leader in the disability civil rights movement, did great work for people with disabilities at the Department of Justice, and is a friend of the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) and Client Assistance Program (CAP) Network. Unfortunately, I must disagree with the conclusion he reached in this article.


Disability Rights Advocates Target Amtrak’s Accessibility

Press Release - July 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) will be holding a nationwide week of action to improve Amtrak’s abysmal record on accessibility for people with disabilities.  The events will take place July 21-27, 2013.


National Disability Rights Network Decries Delay in Committee Vote on Tom Perez to be Secretary of Labor

Press Release - May 8, 2013

WASHINGTON – National Disability Rights Network Executive Director, Curt Decker, today criticized the use of procedural tactics to delay the vote on Tom Perez’s nomination to be Secretary of Labor.  The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee was scheduled to consider Mr. Perez’s nomination this afternoon.


Workers with Disabilities See Major Advancements

Press Release - May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON – On May 1st, a jury in Iowa awarded $240 million to 32 workers with disabilities who were abused and financially exploited for decades by their employer, Henry’s Turkey Service.  The award is the largest ever for the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, who tried the case, and is possibly the largest ever for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Disability Advocates Object to Call for More Police in Schools

Press Release - March 28, 2013

WASHINGTON – In a statement released today, National Disability Rights Network Executive Director, Curt Decker, strongly objected to calls to increase the number of security guards and School Resource Officers (SROs) in schools.


National Disability Rights Network Applauds Nomination of Tom Perez for Labor Secretary

Press Release - March 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) expressed strong support for President Obama’s nomination of Tom Perez to be the next Secretary of Labor.


Advocates Fear President Obama’s Call for More Officers in Schools Will Hurt Kids with Disabilities

Press Release - January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) expressed concern over President Obama’s call to increase the number of school resource officers (SROs) in our nation’s schools.  The use of school resource officers is known to contribute to the disproportionate number of youth with disabilities and youth of color in the juvenile justice system


Senate Fails to Ratify Disability Rights Treaty

Press Release - December 4, 2012

“The National Disability Rights Network is deeply disappointed that, despite bi-partisan support in the Senate, a group of thirty-eight Senators voted today against the rights of individuals with disabilities and blocked the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities."


National Disability Rights Network Calls on Senate to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Press Release - December 3, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) calls on all Senators to vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  The Network recognizes that the CRPD seeks the same goals and contains the same rights that the United States established twenty-two years ago in enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Leading Disability Rights Group Says People with Disabilities Could Decide Election

Press Release - September 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) reported today on its multi-year, nationwide effort to increase the number of people with disabilities who vote on Election Day.


Press Release - July 12, 2012

NDRN and the P&A System Calls on the U.S. Senate to Quickly Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Press Release - July 12, 2012

National Disability Rights Network Calls for Swift Passage of Keeping All Students Safe Act


Press Release - June 28, 2012

Disability Rights Advocates Laud Health Care Ruling


Press Release - May 18, 2012

Court Agrees that Americans with Disabilities Act Applies to Employment


Press Release - May 2, 2012

Study Finds Medical Procedures Violating the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities


Press Release - April 03, 2012

Report Finds Government Dollars Used to Segregate and Exploit Workers with Disabilities


Press Release - March 06, 2012

NDRN: Department of ED Must Do More to Stop Restraint and Seclusion of School Children


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