Deaf Americans Fight for Sign Language in White House Pandemic Briefings

The National Association of the Deaf urged a federal judge in Washington on Wednesday to protect the civil rights of deaf Americans and order the Trump administration to include live American Sign Language interpretation in White House briefings on Covid-19.

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Rideshare for Wheelchair Users

Two individuals who sued Uber for not providing a wheelchair-accessible ride-sharing option in New Orleans have Article III standing to pursue their case and are not subject to an arbitration clause in the app’s terms and conditions, the Ninth Circuit ruled. Uber claimed the plaintiffs consciously avoided downloading the app and signing its terms and conditions but downloading the app and creating an account would have been a “futile gesture” for them.

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Genetic Mutation

Diagnosis of the BRCA1 mutation — a gene that substantially limits normal cell growth and increases the risk of breast cancer — could be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Sixth Circuit ruled. The court revived disability discrimination claims against a day care brought by a former employee who was fired after having a double mastectomy. 

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Texas High Court Blocks Expansion of Mail Voting During Pandemic

One week after the Texas Supreme Court heard arguments in an ongoing legal battle over Texas’ mail-in ballot eligibility rules, the state’s high court nearly unanimously declared that a Texan’s lack of immunity to Covid-19 does not constitute a “disability” permitting eligible voters to vote by mail.

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Special Education

A class of disabled children and their parents may continue their claims that New Jersey mishandled special education due process petitions, a federal court in the state ruled. The class has laid out plausible claims that the system for adjudicating Individuals with Disabilities Education Act disputes in the state is “profoundly broken and routinely violates” federal laws designed to protect the most vulnerable children.  

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