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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

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