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COVID-19
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 about how Bazelon Center is challenging Washington (PDF)

 

Policy & Advocacy
Policy & Advocacy

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 about the briefing (PDF)

Litigation
Litigation

BAZELON CENTER AND PARTNERS REACH GROUND-BREAKING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH STATE OF OHIO IN SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT

A settlement agreement reached in the longstanding Doe v. State of Ohio special education class action lawsuit will improve the academic achievement of students with disabilities, in part by supporting their inclusion in regular classrooms. The settlement is expected over the next five years to improve the state’s support for special education throughout Ohio, as well as create measurable improvements in student performance and inclusion for children with disabilities in 11 of Ohio’s large urban school districts. Disability Rights Ohio (DRO), the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and the law firm Steptoe & Johnson celebrate this agreement and thank Ohio Governor John Kasich, the Ohio Department of Education and the State School Board for their efforts to arrive at this important outcome. Read more about the Bazelon Center settlement agreement with the state of Ohio (PDF).

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