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  • U.S. Education Dept says New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    U.S. Education Dept says New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic | site |



    U.S. Department of Education says Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic or the mode of instruction, children with disabilities are entitled to receive a free, appropriate, public education


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) sent a letter to its state and local partners reiterating its commitment to ensuring children with disabilities and their families have successful early intervention and educational experiences in the 2021-2022 school year. This letter outlines a series of question and answers (Q&As) as children and students return to in-person learning. The Q&As focus on topics to help ens
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  • Social Security Expands Compassionate Allowances Program for People with Severe Disabilities

    Social Security Expands Compassionate Allowances Program for People with Severe Disabilities | site |



    Program Expedites Decisions for Disability Benefits


    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: August 16, 2021) Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, today announced 12 new Compassionate Allowances conditions: Charlevoix Saguenay Spastic Ataxia (ARSACS), Choroid Plexus Carcinoma, CIC-rearranged Sarcoma, Congenital Zika Syndrome, Desmoplastic Mesothelioma, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – Adult, Pericardial Mesothelioma, Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma, Renpenning Syndrome, SCN8A Related Epilepsy with Encephalopathy, SYNGAP1-related NSID, and Taybi-Linder Syndrome. Compassionate Allowances is an initiative that quickly identifies severe medical conditions and diseases that meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits. “Everyone who is eligible for ben...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Rule to Expand Mobility for People With Disabilities

    U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Rule to Expand Mobility for People With Disabilities | site |



    Would improve access to rental cars, simplify transportation of wheelchairs and power scooters


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release dated: December 28, 2020)

    December 28, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today proposed a rule to expand mobility for people with disabilities. This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking would allow two new modifications for adaptive equipment. “This rule will make it easier for individuals with disabilities to achieve greater mobility and freedom in their lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The first proposed change would allow rental car companies to disable temporarily a driver’s knee bolster air bag to install hand con...
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  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Subminimum Wages Report

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Subminimum Wages Report

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report: Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities| site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights published today (September 17, 2020) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities. The report examines an exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act—the section 14(c) waiver program—which permits employers to pay less than the minimum wage to individuals with disabilities, and the federal enforcement of the civil rights of individuals in the program. The Commission found persistent failures in regulation and oversight by the Department of Labor and Department of Justice of the 14(c) program that have allowed, and continue to allow, it to operate without satisfying its legislative goal to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The
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  • Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options

    Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options| site |



    New Fact Sheet Provides Additional Information on How Distance Learning Can be Used to Meet Students’ Needs During COVID-19 National Emergency


    (March 21, 2020) - - Today (March 21, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. This new resource from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) explains that as a school district takes necessary steps to address the health, safety, and well-being of all its students
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  • U.S. Educaton Secretary DeVos Makes Clear Federal Funds can be Used to Support Dual Enrollment, Postsecondary Options for Students and Youth with Disabilities

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Makes Clear Federal Funds can be Used to Support Dual Enrollment, Postsecondary Options for Students and Youth with Disabilities| site |


    (September 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information: WASHINGTON— U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today made clear that vocational rehabilitation (VR) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds can be used to support dual enrollment, comprehensive transition and other postsecondary education programs for students and youth with disabilities. The Department produced a question and answer (Q&A) guide after the Secretary heard from the field there was confusion about whether and when these funds could be used to help students and youth with disabilities access these valuable educational options. "All students deserve the freedom to pursue an education that is challenging and allows them to reach their full potential," said Secret...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Launches New Public Service Announcement Highlighting Importance and Value of Employees with Disabilities

    U.S. Department of Labor Launches New Public Service Announcement Highlighting Importance and Value of Employees with Disabilities



    Washington, DC - - (October 29, 2018) - - As part of its annual commemoration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the U.S. Department of Labor today launched a new public service announcement (PSA) that highlights the importance of helping workers who become ill or injured remain active in America's workforce. Featuring baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr., the PSA, entitled "Working Works," highlights four individuals sharing their own stories of working together with employers, healthcare professionals, and others to ensure that continued employment is part of the conversation early and often during the recovery process. Ripken appears with former Baltimore Orioles head athletic trainer, Richie Bancells, who supported Ripken's efforts to overcome...
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  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Reaches Agreements with Housing Providers in California, Idaho and Hawaii Settling Claims of Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Reaches Agreements with Housing Providers in California, Idaho and Hawaii Settling Claims of Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities



    Washington, DC - - (July 27, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has approved settlement agreements with housing providers in California and Idaho resolving allegations that they denied the reasonable accommodation requests of residents with disabilities who needed assistance animals or a first-floor apartment.

    In addition, HUD approved a Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) resolving findings which indicated that Hawaii Public Housing Authority failed to provide enough accessible units for residents with disabilities. Read the agreement. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in the sale, rental, and financing o
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  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Charges Oklahoma Landlords with Discriminating Against Veteran with Disabilities

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Charges Oklahoma Landlords with Discriminating Against Veteran with Disabilities






    February 8, 2017


    Washington, DC - - (February 7, 2017) - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging the landlords of a Moore, Oklahoma rental home with violating the Fair Housing Act by denying the reasonable accommodation requests of their tenant, a veteran with disabilities. Read the charge. The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing providers from denying or limiting housing to persons with disabilities, or from refusing to make reasonable accommodations in policies or practices for people with disabilities. This includes waiving pet fees for persons with disabilities who use assistance animals. The case came to HUD’s attention when a combat veteran living with a mental disability who uses an emotional support animal filed a complaint alleg
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  • Special Rules Help Many People With Disabilities Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit; Up to 1.5 Million Fail to Claim Valuable Benefit

    Special Rules Help Many People With Disabilities Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit; Up to 1.5 Million Fail to Claim Valuable Benefit







    January 24, 2017


    Washington, DC - - (January 23, 2017) - - The Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities to be aware of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and correctly claim it if they qualify.

    The EITC is a federal income tax credit for workers who don't earn a high income ($53,505 or less for 2016) and meet other eligibility requirements. Because it’s a refundable credit, those who qualify and claim the credit could pay less federal tax, pay no tax or even get a tax refund.

    The EITC could put an extra $2 or up to $6,269 into a taxpayer’s pocket. Nevertheless, the IRS estimates that as many as 1.5 million people with disabilities miss out on this valuable credit because they fail to file
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    U.S. Education Dept says New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
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    U.S. Education Dept says New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic | site |



    U.S. Department of Education says Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic or the mode of instruction, children with disabilities are entitled to receive a free, appropriate, public education


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Today, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) sent a letter to its state and local partners reiterating its commitment to ensuring children with disabilities and their families have successful early intervention and educational experiences in the 2021-2022 school year. This letter outlines a series of question and answers (Q&As) as children and students return to in-person learning. The Q&As focus on topics to help ens
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    08-25-2021, 07:00 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Social Security Expands Compassionate Allowances Program for People with Severe Disabilities
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Social Security Expands Compassionate Allowances Program for People with Severe Disabilities | site |



    Program Expedites Decisions for Disability Benefits


    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: August 16, 2021) Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, today announced 12 new Compassionate Allowances conditions: Charlevoix Saguenay Spastic Ataxia (ARSACS), Choroid Plexus Carcinoma, CIC-rearranged Sarcoma, Congenital Zika Syndrome, Desmoplastic Mesothelioma, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – Adult, Pericardial Mesothelioma, Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma, Renpenning Syndrome, SCN8A Related Epilepsy with Encephalopathy, SYNGAP1-related NSID, and Taybi-Linder Syndrome. Compassionate Allowances is an initiative that quickly identifies severe medical conditions and diseases that meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits. “Everyone who is eligible for ben...
    08-20-2021, 01:36 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Rule to Expand Mobility for People With Disabilities
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Rule to Expand Mobility for People With Disabilities | site |



    Would improve access to rental cars, simplify transportation of wheelchairs and power scooters


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release dated: December 28, 2020)

    December 28, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today proposed a rule to expand mobility for people with disabilities. This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking would allow two new modifications for adaptive equipment. “This rule will make it easier for individuals with disabilities to achieve greater mobility and freedom in their lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The first proposed change would allow rental car companies to disable temporarily a driver’s knee bolster air bag to install hand con...
    01-02-2021, 01:55 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Subminimum Wages Report
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    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report: Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities| site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights published today (September 17, 2020) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities. The report examines an exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act—the section 14(c) waiver program—which permits employers to pay less than the minimum wage to individuals with disabilities, and the federal enforcement of the civil rights of individuals in the program. The Commission found persistent failures in regulation and oversight by the Department of Labor and Department of Justice of the 14(c) program that have allowed, and continue to allow, it to operate without satisfying its legislative goal to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The
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    10-06-2020, 02:50 AM
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    Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options| site |



    New Fact Sheet Provides Additional Information on How Distance Learning Can be Used to Meet Students’ Needs During COVID-19 National Emergency


    (March 21, 2020) - - Today (March 21, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. This new resource from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) explains that as a school district takes necessary steps to address the health, safety, and well-being of all its students
    ...
    03-25-2020, 12:07 AM

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