General News

Celebrating the Life of the Honorable Richard Thornburgh

This article remembers former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard “Dick” Thornburgh, a champion in the disability rights movement, who played a crucial role in the passage of the ADA. Mr. Thornburgh died on December 31, 2020.

“Lawmakers Introduce Federal Legislation to Prevent Organ Transplant Discrimination”

The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) highlights the introduction of the Charlotte Woodward Organ Transplant Discrimination Prevention Act to uphold the rights of qualified organ transplant candidates who have a disability. Introduced by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Katie Porter (D-CA), the Act prohibits discrimination against individuals based on their disability when seeking an organ transplant. If passed, this legislation would uphold and enforce rights established in the ADA.

Opinion: “We Need a New Court System for People with Intellectual Disabilities Who Get into Trouble”

This article illustrates the ways that the criminal justice system is not typically equipped to handle the issues of people with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges, and urges the establishment of a new, specialized court with professionals trained to meet the needs of these vulnerable populations.

“MacKenzie Scott Announces Philanthropic Gifts to Hundreds of National Nonprofits, Including Easterseals”

Author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced gifts to nonprofits, including Easterseals, to support life-changing services for Americans with disabilities. In total, 384 organizations will benefit from the donations.