FEATURED WORK

COVID-19
BAZELON CENTER AND OTHERS FILE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT CHALLENGING WASHINGTON’S RATIONING SCHEME FOR COVID-19 TREATMENT

On March 23, 2020, the Bazelon Center, together with Disability Rights Washington (DRW), Self Advocates In Leadership (SAIL), the Arc of the United States, the Center for Public Representation, and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and Samuel Bagenstos, filed a complaint with the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights challenging Washington State’s plan to ration treatment for COVID-19 in a way that discriminates against people with disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws. The complainants are DRW, and the Arc, on behalf of Washington residents with disabilities, and Ivanova Smith, a Washington resident with a developmental disability.  The complaint asks HHS to enforce the ADA and stop Washington from implementing its rationing plan, which would deny treatment or give lower priority to people based on their disabilities, without an individualized assessment. Read more.

 

Gun Violence
LEADERS AND ALLIES OF THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY HOST FEBRUARY 3 CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING ON “DEBUNKING THE MYTHS: MENTAL HEALTH AND GUN VIOLENCE”

In case you missed the Coalition for Smart Safety and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Rights Task Force briefing on “Debunking the Myths: Mental Health and Gun Violence,” this PDF includes helpful handouts from the February 3 briefing, photos of the briefing, and a link to watch the briefing. Read more.

ADA Guidance
AMICUS BRIEF IN 5th CIRCUIT ACA APPEAL

On April 1, 2019, The Judge David L. Bazelon Center, together with the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) and 13 other national disability rights organizations, filed an amicus brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Texas v. United States case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  read more »