Reports

Report cover with a collage depicting the American flag, “I Voted” stickers and the International Symbol of Access layered between various textures of brick and pavement.

Blocking the Ballot Box: Ending Misuse of the ADA to Close Polling Places

January 2020

This report shows many of America’s polling places remain inaccessible to people with disabilities and examines an alarming new trend in which jurisdictions are misusing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to close polling places, a practice that NDRN vehemently opposes.

Young person sits in a concrete cell wearing a stripped jumper. The face is blurred.

Probation Referral: A Model for Diversion of Children and Youth with Disabilities from the Juvenile Justice System

October 2019

The report describes strategies to prevent mis-incarceration of children with disabilities who end up in the correctional system, after they are failed by other systems.

Report cover includes montage of photos with people using ASL, smiling at the camera, working in a class room and a long dark hallway. Report title and NDRN logo along the bottom of page.

The Americans with Disabilities Act at 25: Cause for Celebration and Renewed Resolve

July 2015

In this report, we review the progress our nation has made since the historic enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 and call attention to disturbing national trends that threaten to distort and weaken the promise of full community integration.

Report cover with a person sitting in a cell with head in hands. Report title and NDRN logo at the bottom.

Orphanages, Training Schools, Reform Schools and Now This? Recommendations to Prevent the Disproportionate Placement and Inadequate Treatment of Children with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System

June 2015

The report describes the problems children and youth with disabilities encounter, solutions used with success by the P&As, and provides specific recommendations for systemic improvements.

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Devaluing People with Disabilities: Medical Procedures that Violate Civil Rights

May 2012

This report puts individuals with disabilities at the center of this discourse. It reviews the facts of Ashley X, as a case study for a larger discussion and presents a continuum of common experiences and treatment of individuals with disabilities within a context of medical decision making.

Report cover with images of parents speaking up for their students, one crying. Report text and NDRN logo at the bottom.

School Is Not Supposed to Hurt: The U.S. Department of Education Must Do More to Protect School Children from Restraint and Seclusion

March 2012

NDRN’s report School is Not Supposed to Hurt: The U.S. Department of Education Must Do More to Protect School Children from Restraint and Seclusion makes recommendations to the Department of Education to reduce and prevent the use of restraint and seclusion on school children.

Keeping the Promise: True Community Integration and the Need for Monitoring and Advocacy 

November 2011

The report summarizes two projects that monitored people with disabilities, many of whom were moving out of large institutions into homes in the community.

Cover of the NDRN report Segregated and Exploited. There is an image of large, dilapidated house.

Segregated and Exploited: A Call to Action! The Failure of the Disability Service System to Provide Quality Work

January 2011

NDRN found a total failure of the disability service system to provide quality work for people with disabilities. The report blast segregated work, sheltered environments and low wages for people with disabilities and highlight a massive breakdown between good federal and state policies and their implementation and oversight.

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School is Not Supposed to Hurt: Update on Progress in 2009 to Prevent and Reduce Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

January 2010

School Is Not Supposed to Hurt: Update on Progress in 2009 to Prevent and Reduce Restraint and Seclusion in Schools is a culmination of a year of intense advocacy work, family support, and initial action of lawmakers to regulate restraint and seclusion in schools.

Report cover with image of Wisconsin girl holding a bunny, age 7, killed while physically restrained and secluded. Report title and NDRN logo at the bottom

School is Not Supposed to Hurt: Investigative Report on Abusive Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

January 2009

This report examines the abusive use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools. It outlines the problems associated with the use of restraint or seclusion and details the proven risks to children associated with the use of these aversive techniques. The report goes on to propose solutions to the use of restraint or seclusion by highlighting the best practices in education and the use of positive behavioral supports.