Disability Rights

How to Strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act after 30 Years: Promoting Supported Decision-Making for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

August 7, 2021

Authors’ Note: In an effort to make this blog post accessible to as broad a range of readers as possible, we have developed an easy read version of it. That version is available here. Editors’ Note: This piece is a part of our series celebrating the thirty-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)….

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Disability, Debility, and Justice

March 4, 2021

Editor’s Note: This piece is a part of our series celebrating the thirty-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I never met my spring term Disability Law class in person. I told the students appearing on my computer screen, “Watch this moment. As a society, we will devote massive amounts of resources to…

Embracing the ADA: Transgender People and Disability Rights

February 22, 2021

Editor’s Note: This piece is a part of our series celebrating the thirty-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Throughout history, including late into the twentieth century, exclusion of people with disabilities was the norm.  Prejudice, antiquated attitudes, and the failure to remove societal and institutional barriers typified society’s response to disability.  Laws…

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Accessible Voting in a Pandemic: A Review of Recent Cases

February 19, 2021

Editor’s Note: This piece is a part of our series celebrating the thirty-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 2020 was a historic year for voting. Record-breaking voter turnout was challenged by a deadly pandemic that forced people to remain in their homes. Voters turned to absentee voting in droves and states accommodated…