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Supreme Court Underscores Rights of Students with Severe Disabilities to an Appropriate Education

In a unanimous ruling this week, the U.S. Supreme Court resoundingly rejected the claim that students with disabilities are merely entitled to a minimal educational benefit. The plaintiff in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District is a boy with

Posted in Disability Rights, Recent News

NYLPI Statement on the Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

NYLPI thanks everyone for all their hard work in reaching out to the Senate to advocate for the rights of students with disabilities during the confirmation hearings for education secretary. Although Secretary DeVos was confirmed, it was by the smallest

Posted in Disability Rights, Healthy Schools, Recent News

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) opposes Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

NYLPI’s Disability Justice program represents hundreds of students with disabilities every year.  These students depend on vigorous enforcement of federal civil rights laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  DeVos’ public record and confirmation hearing show that she

Posted in Disability Rights, Recent News

NYLPI Tapped as National Expert to Propose Disability Justice Indicators to U.S. Government

This fall, NYLPI joined thirty national experts from the academic and nonprofit communities to submit proposals to U.S. government officials for “access to justice indicators” to guide data collection for tracking and promoting justice in the United States.  The recommendations

Posted in Disability Rights, Recent News

NYLPI Hires Ruth Lowenkron as Director of Disability Justice

NYLPI is thrilled to announce that Ruth Lowenkron joins us on October 17, 2016 as the new director of our Disability Justice Program. Ruth is a passionate and fierce advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, and we are

Posted in Disability Rights, Features, Recent News, Staff

NYLPI client speaks to The Atlantic about her son’s experiences with charter school

NYLPI client Shanice Givens has been featured in The Atlantic, in a powerful new story about the disproportionately severe discipline meted out by certain charter schools to children in predominantly black and Latino areas. Ms. Givens is currently represented by NYLPI’s

Posted in Disability Rights, Recent News

DJ Advises Ask Real Estate Column

NYLPI Disability Justice Staff Attorney Antony Gemmell is quoted in last weekend’s New York Times on how low-income people with disabilities are impacted by weak anti-discrimination laws.

Posted in Disability Rights, Recent News

NYLPI Holds Inaugural UndocuCare Screening at Grameen Vida Sana

NYLPI is today holding its inaugural UndocuCare comprehensive immigration and health screening event at Grameen Vida Sana in Jackson Heights, Queens. Seven individuals, pre-screened by NYLPI’s advocate team, are scheduled for full comprehensive immigration and health screenings, with on site

Posted in Campaign, Disability Rights, Health Justice, Immigrant, Recent News

NYLPI and the City of New York Enter into Groundbreaking Structured Negotiation Agreement to Ensure the Physical Accessibility of New York City Courthouses

Following NYLPI’s March 2015 Accessible Justice Report, which documented the widespread inaccessibility of New York City’s courthouses to people with mobility impairments, the City of New York, NYLPI, and four of our clients entered into a groundbreaking Structured Negotiation Agreement

Posted in Disability Rights, Recent News

City Council Holds Oversight Hearing about Access to NYC Courthouses

As City Limits reports, on June 23, 2016, the New York City Council held an oversight hearing concerning the problems identified in NYLPI’s March 2015 report, “Accessible Justice: Ensuring Equal Access to Courthouses for People with Disabilities.”  NYLPI submitted written

Posted in Campaign, Disability Rights, Recent News