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Disability Rights Network Stands Ready After Federal Audit Finds Abuse and Neglect in Group Homes

Press Release - January 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued a report that found numerous incidents of abuse and neglect of people with developmental disabilities living in group homes. In response, NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker issued the following statement:

Public Denied Opportunity to Get Answers from Education Secretary DeVos

Press Release - December 21, 2017

WASHINGTON – The House Education and Workforce Committee cancelled a December 20th hearing with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. In response, NDRN Public Policy Director Eric Buehlmann issued the following statement:

National Disability Rights Network Decries Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Press Release - December 20, 2017

WASHINGTON – In response to news that Congress has passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker issued the following statement: “Today, the Congress passed, and the President will sign, a tax reform bill that does little to help low and middle income Americans or people with disabilities.

Students with Disabilities in Voucher Programs Losing Rights, Government Study Says

Press Release - December 12, 2017    

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is pleased to see the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report dated November 16, 2017, entitled “Private School Choice: Federal Actions Needed to Ensure Parents Are Notified About Changes in Rights for Students with Disabilities.” NDRN applauds the light this report shines on issues concerning students attending private schools with public dollars, whether through vouchers, tax credits or other schemes. 

Trump Administration Relies on Shaky Data when Making Decisions on School Discipline Reform

Press Release - December 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – At a briefing today at the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR), speakers said the Trump Administration plans to dramatically alter 2014 discipline guidance meant to protect students of color with disabilities from discrimination. In support of rescinding this Obama era guidance, the speakers used dubious statistics and other non-peer reviewed research to argue that discrimination has not been proven.

Civil Rights for Students with Disabilities Under Attack

Press Release - November 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – Leaders from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) are looking to roll back recently implemented reforms that ensure access to certain groups of children who have traditionally been removed from school at disparate rates. The issue of school discipline was discussed at a meeting today between ED officials and members of the press, a small number of public school staff, and parents.

National Disability Rights Network Statement on Trump Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Nominee

Press Release - November 16, 2017                   

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is pleased the Trump Administration has nominated Johnny Collett to fill the position of Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).

Government Study Finds Majority of U.S. Polling Places Not Accessible to People with Disabilities

Press Release - November 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its Voters with Disabilities: Observations on Polling Place Accessibility and Related Federal Guidance report, detailing the results of GAO’s national survey of access to polling places for voters with disabilities. During the 2016 General Election, GAO found that an abysmal 17 percent of polling places surveyed had no potential impediments for people with disabilities.

National Disability Rights Network Responds to Report Detailing Abuse at Pennsylvania Facility

Press Release - November 2, 2017                    

WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) member, Disability Rights New York (DRNY), issued a report entitled, “Abuse and Neglect of New York State Residents At Woods Services In Pennsylvania”. This report raised serious concerns with the treatment of New Yorkers who are placed out of state at the Woods Services facility in Pennsylvania. In response, NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker issued the following statement:

National Disability Rights Network Joins Civil Rights Alliance to Fight Back Against Rights Violation Threatening Students

Press Release - November 2, 2017

In the face of increasing threats to student civil rights throughout the nation, the National Disability Rights Network has joined with more than two dozen leading education and civil rights groups to launch the Education Civil Rights Alliance (ECR Alliance).

White House Budget Proposal Puts People with Mental Illness at Risk

Press Release - October 23, 2017

WASHINGTON – In October 19, 2017, published an article with a leaked White House budget memo detailing budget principles for future presidential budgets. One of the ideas contained in this memo repeats an idea already rejected by Congress to cut funding for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program and restrict the program to only investigating abuse and neglect at institutions.

President’s Task Force on Apprenticeships Must Consider People with Disabilities

Press Release - October 18, 2017        

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) urges the President's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion to consider the needs of individuals with disabilities.

National Disability Rights Network Condemns the House Judiciary Committee Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act of 2017

Press Release - September 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the misnamed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act of 2017 without a single Democratic vote. More than 27 years after the passage of the ADA, the committee’s vote was not an attempt to reform or educate on the ADA, but a blatant attempt by Congress to say that it is ok to discriminate against people with disabilities by not making public accommodations accessible.

NDRN Condemns Hate-Based Violence in Charlottesville

Press Release - August 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – The following statement is issued by Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network:

“Like all Americans who understand our nation was founded on the principles of liberty, equality, respect for diversity, and justice for all, I watched the events that occurred in Charlottesville this past weekend in utter dismay.

National Disability Rights Network Statement on the Senate’s Motion to Proceed Vote on Health Care Reform Legislation

Press Release - July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network, made the following statement about the Senate’s motion to proceed vote on health care reform legislation:

NDRN Opposes Newly Released Senate Health Bill

Press Release - July 12, 2017                                    

WASHINGTON – In response to the Senate’s newly released version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), NDRN Executive Director, Curt Decker made the following statement:

Four P&As Honored for Outstanding Work

Press Release - June 23, 2017

WASHINGTON – Four P&As received the NDRN Advocacy Award for outstanding work protecting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. The awards were presented to Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire, Equip for Equality, and the Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. at the 2017 P&A/CAP Annual Conference in Baltimore.

NDRN Testifies at Hearing to Improve Fire Safety

Press Release - June 21, 2017    

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, June 7th, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) voted to amend codes and standards to improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities.

Fire Protection Standards Put People with Disabilities at Risk

Press Release - June 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is deeply concerned that current fire codes violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and put people with disabilities at greater risk of injury in an emergency.

Congress Proposes End to Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities in Raise the Wage Act

Press Release - May 25, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) applauds the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act which ends the arcane practice of paying people with disabilities less than the minimum wage and raised the federal minimum wage for all American workers.

Trump Education Budget Asks Students with Disabilities to Give Up Their Civil Rights

Press Release - May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On May 23rd the Trump Administration proposed a budget that guts key programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that provide crucial services to schools, such as counselors and after school programs. The budget also slashes Medicaid funds that public school districts rely upon to provide services mandated by law for students with disabilities, such as speech and physical therapy and behavioral support.

Disability Advocates Oppose Attorney General Sessions’ Mandatory Minimums Directive

Press Release - May 16, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. – NDRN Executive Director Curtis Decker made the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ directive to federal prosecutors to charge nonviolent, low-level drug offenders with long, mandatory-minimum sentences:

American Health Care Act Sanctions Discrimination Against People with Disabilities 

Press Release - May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Statement by NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker on the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA): “For more than 40 years people with disabilities have been fighting for integration in society. There have been positive steps forward like the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Olmstead decision, the Affordable Care Act, and the rules expanding Home and Community Based Services.  “But, today, we took a giant step backward....

Unanimous Supreme Court Supports High Expectations for Students with Disabilities

Press Release - March 22, 2017    

WASHINGTON - On March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favour of a student with a disability in, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1.  The court held that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires more than barely trivial educational progress (referred to as “de minimis” by the Court) for students with disabilities.

National Disability Rights Network Opposes American Health Care Act

Press Release - March 7, 2017                    

WASHINGTON – NDRN Statement on the American Health Care Act: The legislation revealed by House Republicans last night is a giant step backwards in the treatment and care of individuals with disabilities.

Concerns about the Proposed Changes to Medicaid in the House Republican Policy Brief

Joint Statement - February 24, 2017

As the three national Developmental Disabilities (DD) Network partners that represent the entities authorized in the DD Act whose members annually advocate for and provide hundreds of thousands of clinical services and home and community based supports to people with disabilities and their families, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), and National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) are concerned about the policy brief distributed by the House Republican leadership on Thursday, February 16th to its Members about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Supports Right to Bring Service Animal to School

Press Release - February 23, 2017

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the Fry family in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools. The case began when the Napoleon Community School district refused to allow Ehlena Fry to bring her service animal, Wonder, with her to school. Ehlena has cerebral palsy and Wonder assists her with certain activities, such as opening doors.

Disability Rights Advocates Take Aim at Human Trafficking of People with Disabilities

Press Release - February 1, 2017                    

WASHINGTON – To mark the end of Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and the Human Trafficking Pro Bono (HT Pro Bono) Legal Center signed a collaborative memorandum of understanding to work more closely to prevent the human trafficking of people with disabilities. Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery, and traffickers target vulnerable peoples, such as persons with intellectual, developmental, and mental health disabilities. Only recently has the disability aspect of human trafficking gained attention.

NDRN Responds to Education Department Guidance on the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Press Release - January 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), issued the following statement in response to the Department of Education guidance on the use of restraint and seclusion in schools:

NDRN Files Amicus in Special Education Supreme Court Case

Press Release - November 22, 2016

WASHINGTON –The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in a case known as Endrew F. vs. Douglas County School District.  The case involves a student with autism whose parents claim the school district failed to provide their son with an appropriate education as guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

National Disability Rights Network and the Department of Veterans Affairs Sign Agreement to Enhance Services to Veterans

Press Release - October 28, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Curtis Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service (VR&E). This agreement signifies a formal relationship between NDRN and VR&E to better enable Veterans with service-related disabilities to successfully transition into civilian life.

NDRN and Advancing Justice | AAJC Warn Voters of Potential Challenges on Election Day

Press Release - October 13, 2016  

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network and Asian Americans Advancing Justice| AAJC today released a fact sheet to expose an increasing concern that voter challenges at the polls will disenfranchise people with disabilities, Asian Americans, and other minorities on Election Day.

New Documentary Exposes Exploitation of People with Disabilities in the Workplace

Press Release - October 3, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - Bottom Dollars, a Rooted in Rights original documentary, will make its world premiere on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 11. The documentary will be presented by the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and Rooted in Rights.


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