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President’s Task Force on Apprenticeships Must Consider People with Disabilities

Press Release - October 18, 2017        

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) urges the President's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion to consider the needs of individuals with disabilities.


National Disability Rights Network Condemns the House Judiciary Committee Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act of 2017

Press Release - September 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed the misnamed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act of 2017 without a single Democratic vote. More than 27 years after the passage of the ADA, the committee’s vote was not an attempt to reform or educate on the ADA, but a blatant attempt by Congress to say that it is ok to discriminate against people with disabilities by not making public accommodations accessible.


NDRN Condemns Hate-Based Violence in Charlottesville

Press Release - August 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – The following statement is issued by Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network:

“Like all Americans who understand our nation was founded on the principles of liberty, equality, respect for diversity, and justice for all, I watched the events that occurred in Charlottesville this past weekend in utter dismay.


National Disability Rights Network Statement on the Senate’s Motion to Proceed Vote on Health Care Reform Legislation

Press Release - July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network, made the following statement about the Senate’s motion to proceed vote on health care reform legislation:


NDRN Opposes Newly Released Senate Health Bill

Press Release - July 12, 2017                                    

WASHINGTON – In response to the Senate’s newly released version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), NDRN Executive Director, Curt Decker made the following statement:


Four P&As Honored for Outstanding Work

Press Release - June 23, 2017

WASHINGTON – Four P&As received the NDRN Advocacy Award for outstanding work protecting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. The awards were presented to Disability Rights Wisconsin, the Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire, Equip for Equality, and the Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. at the 2017 P&A/CAP Annual Conference in Baltimore.


NDRN Testifies at Hearing to Improve Fire Safety

Press Release - June 21, 2017    

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, June 7th, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) voted to amend codes and standards to improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities.


Fire Protection Standards Put People with Disabilities at Risk

Press Release - June 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is deeply concerned that current fire codes violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and put people with disabilities at greater risk of injury in an emergency.


Congress Proposes End to Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities in Raise the Wage Act

Press Release - May 25, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) applauds the introduction of the Raise the Wage Act which ends the arcane practice of paying people with disabilities less than the minimum wage and raised the federal minimum wage for all American workers.


Trump Education Budget Asks Students with Disabilities to Give Up Their Civil Rights

Press Release - May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On May 23rd the Trump Administration proposed a budget that guts key programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that provide crucial services to schools, such as counselors and after school programs. The budget also slashes Medicaid funds that public school districts rely upon to provide services mandated by law for students with disabilities, such as speech and physical therapy and behavioral support.


Disability Advocates Oppose Attorney General Sessions’ Mandatory Minimums Directive

Press Release - May 16, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. – NDRN Executive Director Curtis Decker made the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ directive to federal prosecutors to charge nonviolent, low-level drug offenders with long, mandatory-minimum sentences:


American Health Care Act Sanctions Discrimination Against People with Disabilities 

Press Release - May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Statement by NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker on the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA): “For more than 40 years people with disabilities have been fighting for integration in society. There have been positive steps forward like the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Olmstead decision, the Affordable Care Act, and the rules expanding Home and Community Based Services.  “But, today, we took a giant step backward....


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.


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