The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) released a report demonstrating Amtrak’s negligence in following the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA gave Amtrak 20 years to reach compliance with the law and 3 years past the deadline much remains to be done. NDRN and other disability organizations visited 94 stations in 25 states and the District of Columbia, to find and document the evidence in the report. The report contains a full review of Amtrak’s non-compliance with the ADA, state-by-state findings of the reviews, and recommendations for Amtrak, Congress and the Administration. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) released a report summarizing two community monitoring projects supported with funding from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD). The protection and advocacy (P&A) programs in Alabama and North Carolina tracked individuals leaving institutions and moving into the community to determine if their lives had improved, if they had new opportunities, and if they were safe. The programs found that people were generally happy and enjoyed their greater independence and freedom. However, they also found safety issues (hornets’ nest above the front door, broken wheelchair tray) that were promptly addressed by service providers. In Alabama, several individuals with medically complex needs died shortly after moving out of the Partlow state institution. The P&A worked with the state to implement more stringent transition protocols and no one has since died. The report recommends additional monitoring of community based settings by protection and advocacy programs.