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NYPD Agrees to Provide Equitable, Accessible Transportation to Arrestees Who Use Wheelchairs

NYLPI, with co-counsel Mayer Brown, announces today that it settled a federal court lawsuit against the City of New York to provide accessible police transportation for people who use wheelchairs at the time of their arrest. NYLPI filed an Amended

Posted in Disability Rights, Recent News

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) strongly urges Governor Cuomo to sign A.8262 / S.6581 into law.

For over 40 years, NYLPI has worked to meet the legal needs of underserved, underrepresented New Yorkers and their communities. Through its Disability Justice Program, NYLPI has lead the fight for disability rights in New York City, making the City

Posted in Disability Rights, Recent News

Major Gift from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Creates New NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Position

NYLPI is excited to announce that Weil, a longtime partner of NYLPI, has sponsored a new Senior Staff Attorney position through a generous gift.  With fundamental rights under attack, this gift will increase our capacity at a time of critical

Posted in Disability Rights, Health Justice, Press Release, Recent News, Staff

NYLPI and Disability Rights Partners Launch New Coalition – AARRG! The Access-A-Ride Reform Group – Calling on the MTA to Fix Horrendous Conditions and Reform Service which Contributes to High Unemployment and Third-Class Treatment of People with Disabilities

Yesterday, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and its coalition partners Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, Center for Independence of the Disabled New York and MFY Legal Services, announced at a news conference that they are building

Posted in Campaign, Disability Rights, Recent News

NYLPI testifies at City Council in support of legislation mandating race and gender impact assessments for City agencies and urges inclusion of disability.

HJ Director Laura Redman and DJ director Ruth Lowenkron testified this morning at a City Council Committee on Women’s Issues hearing in support of a package of bills creating mandated race and gender impact assessments for City policies and cultural

Posted in Disability Rights, Health Justice, Recent News

NYLPI Successfully Advocates for NYPD Pilot Program to Improve Access to Law Enforcement Services for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Deaf Justice Coalition announced the launch of a pilot program today by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) aimed at improving access to law enforcement services for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). Several years

Posted in Disability Rights, Press Release, Recent News

NYLPI statement on the pending confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

After full consideration, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) opposes the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  Judge Gorsuch’s rulings raise serious concerns about his recognition of the civil rights of people with disabilities, individuals with

Posted in Disability Rights, Environmental Justice, Health Justice, Recent News

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