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Protesters push changes to NY Nurse Practice Act

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From March 19 to March 26, a group of 20 protesters occupied the headquarters of the New York State Nurses Union in Albany, demanding support for a proposed change in state law that would expand the services non-nurses can provide …

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Book Review

“Rose Under Fire”

Cover of Rose Under Fire by Elizebeth Wein

 

Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire offers a plausible tale of a fictional young woman living during World War II. Wein explores not only the events of the war, but the upcoming women’s rights movement and the experiences of people …

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White House disability liaison steps down

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Claudia Gordon stepped down March 28 as the second-ever White House liaison on disability issues.

Gordon began in the position in July 2013. She replaced Kareem Dale, who served for all of President Obama’s first term.

“During her term, …

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Court approves major New York housing settlement

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York signed off March 18 on a comprehensive settlement, announced in July 2013, that will move more than 4,000 people from institutional to more integrated settings.

“Judge (Nicholas) Garaufis’ …

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Court blocks Idaho Medicaid cuts

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A federal court issued a preliminary injunction March 26 against a set of Idaho Medicaid budget cuts implemented in 2011, temporarily restoring $16 million in assistance to people with developmental disabilities.

The court also granted the request from the ACLU

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New federal hiring rules go into effect

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The Obama Administration’s much-hyped new hiring rules for federal contractors and subcontractors went into effect March 24, potentially leading to a significant expansion of federal disability hiring.

“While it never received the attention that came with the signing of the …

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Settlement reached to improve Amtrak station accessibility

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The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania and the National Passenger Railroad Corporation announced an agreement March 27 to improve disability accessibility at an Amtrak station in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

“We are thrilled to reach this agreement with Amtrak …

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DOL reaches settlement with Colorado employment agency

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The Department of Labor and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reached an agreement March 11 to improve the accessibility of state services.

The agreement stems from a complaint filed with the DOL’s Civil Rights Center in 2011, where a …

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DOJ goes after Ohio juvenile jails

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The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Youth Services on March 12, seeking an injunction to prevent the state from placing youth with mental illnesses in solitary confinement in it’s juvenile correctional facilities.

In the …

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