Category: Disability Rights Highlights

Our Work to Advance Disability Rights

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice is a national leader in the fight to advance disability rights. Many low-income people have physical, mental, and learning disabilities that affect their ability to access public benefits. Nearly half…

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Waskul settlement will greatly impact rural Michiganders with disabilities

This article was originally published in The Gander. Read it here. How one Michigan mom fought for her disabled son to receive proper care—and won.  “Family is reliable, but everybody needs to have a decent wage to pay…

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Groups Secure Over $100M in Additional State Expenditures for Michiganders With Developmental Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2023 CONTACT: Lansing, MI – The National Center for Law and Economic Justice and Disability Rights Michigan are pleased to announce a settlement of a federal civil rights action that will, if approved…

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NCLEJ Statement on the Killing of Jordan Neely 

Last week, Jordan Neely was choked to death on the New York City subway. To date, there has been no evidence that Mr. Neely harmed or threatened anyone. He was homeless, hungry, and thirsty. Like too many others, Mr. Neely…

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NCLEJ Mourns the Loss of Disability Rights Advocate and Board Member Nancy Lieberman 

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of former NCLEJ Board Member Nancy Lieberman. A staunch advocate for people with disabilities, she co-founded New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis, and twice succeeded in reinstating state funds for…

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Mayor Adams’ Forcible Removal Order Flies in the Face of Disability Justice

By Sara Lunden, Columbia Law School Public Interest Fellow, & Jordan Berger, Skadden Fellow On Tuesday, November 29, New York City Mayor Eric Adams directed NYPD, FDNY-EMS, and mobile crisis teams to increase the use of involuntary transport…

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People with Disabilities in Suffolk County Will Receive Better Access to Public Benefits

Contact for questions and comments:Jordan Berger, NCLEJ Skadden Fellow, berger@nclej.org, 646-680-8906Saima Akhtar, Senior Attorney, akhtar@nclej.org, 646-558-6152Linda Hassberg, Senior Attorney, Empire Justice Center, lhassberg@empirejustice.org, 631-533-5272 Suffolk County, NY — A federal judge in the Eastern District of New York…

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Poverty Programs Work When They Address Needs

by Dennis Parker, Saima Akhtar, and Sara Lunden A recent New York Times article, “How Poverty Programs Aided Children From One Generation to the Next,” looks in-depth at benefits programs in the U.S through the experiences of several…

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