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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.


Locked Up and Locked Down: National Report Tackles the Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness

Press Release - September 8, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project, in partnership with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and the federally mandated protection and advocacy (P&A) agencies in over 20 states across the country, released Locked Up and Locked Down: Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness. The report outlines the advocacy efforts undertaken on behalf of inmates with mental illness in segregation by the P&A network, and calls for greater national prison reform measures.


National Disability Rights Network Response to Education Department Proposal on Funding High-Poverty Schools

Press Release - September 7, 2016

WASHINGTON – Curt Decker, Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) issued the following statement concerning the Department of Education’s draft regulation under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) governing how schools can distribute federal education funds provided to serve low-income students.


NDRN Applauds Department of Justice Action Against the Georgia Network for Education and Therapeutic Support Program

Press Release - September 1, 2016                       

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is very pleased that the Justice Department has continued to pursue action against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


NDRN Applauds Guidance on Virtual Schools and Students with Disabilities

Press Release - August, 18, 2016

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is pleased to see the U.S. Department of Education’s August 11 release of an important and much needed “Dear Colleague” letter that will have a significant impact on children with disabilities and their families. The letter clarifies the obligation to ensure that students with disabilities attending public virtual schools receive all of the protections that they are entitled to under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  NDRN applauds the Department for the release of this critical “Dear Colleague” letter.


Statement on the Justice Department’s Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department

Press Release - August 5, 2016

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and its member organization, Disability Rights Maryland (DRM), are pleased to see the treatment of individuals with disabilities by law enforcement officers included throughout the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division’s (CRD) recent investigation into the conduct of the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD).


Department of Education Discipline Guidance Improves Outlook for Students with Disabilities

Press Release - August 5, 2016   

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is pleased to see the release on Thursday from the U.S. Department of Education of an important and much needed “Dear Colleague” letter that will have a significant impact on children with disabilities and their families. The letter clarifies the responsibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to provide children with disabilities appropriate behavioral interventions and supports that are necessary to ensure they have meaningful access to their education.


NDRN Statement on the Department of Education’s ADHD Guidance

Press Release - July 26, 2016

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is pleased to see the release of a guidance package concerning the rights of students with ADHD under Section 504 today from the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. NDRN supports the Department’s effort to put all of these resources in one place, in a manner which will assist advocates and families in accessing the information and becoming knowledgeable about their rights.


Disability Rights Washington Releases Report Outlining Need for Accommodations for Inmates with Disabilities

Press Release - June 22, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project, a project of Disability Rights Washington, released the report Making Hard Time Harder: Programmatic Accommodations for Inmates with Disabilities Under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The report outlines lack of accommodations for inmates with disabilities.


NDRN Announces HUD Secretary Julian Castro to Keynote 2016 Disability Conference

Press Release - May 24, 2016

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is pleased to announce that United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 P&A/CAP Annual Conference.


New Bill Would Create Protection and Advocacy Program for Veterans 

Press Release - May 2, 2016    

WASHINGTON – In response to U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) introducing the Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act, National Disability Rights Network Executive Director Curt Decker issued the following statement:


Proposed Department of Education Rule Addresses Unfair Treatment of Students with Disabilities

Press Release - February 24, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education published a proposed rule that is intended to clarify how racial disproportionality in special education is measured. The proposed rule is a positive step toward resolving the serious and complex problems at the state and local level that cause great harm to students with disabilities.


NDRN Applauds Ban on Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Press Release - January 27, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to President Obama’s statement about the unnecessary use of solitary confinement in our nation’s prisons, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) issued the following statement:


NDRN Statement in Response to Executive Action to Reduce Gun Violence

Press Release - January 6, 2016

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network’s Executive Director, Curt Decker, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s executive action to reduce gun violence:


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