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Want to support a good cause? This #GivingTuesday help raise money for DisAbility Rights Idaho, Inc. and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. And on GivingTuesday Dec 1, Facebook will match $7 million in qualifying donations. Thank you for your support. We’ve included information about DisAbility Rights Idaho, Inc. (DRI) below.

DRI Protects, Promotes And Advances The Legal And Human Rights Of Individuals With Disabilities, Through Quality, Legal, Individual. And System Advocacy.

Last year alone, our attorneys and non-attorney advocates accepted over 200 cases – including investigating allegations of abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities in facilities. For cases we are unable to assign to staff, DRI still provides information and referrals to assist callers in addressing their issue(s). This past year, DRI sent over 800 information and referral letters to callers needing assistance – further demonstrating the great need for legal and advocacy services for individuals with disabilities here in Idaho. Our dedicated staff would love to be able to provide more assistance – but we need your help to do so! Your financial contributions will help DRI to expand its ability to serve more Idahoans with disabilities in the years to come.

NDRN Executive Director: “Count Every Vote”

For Immediate Release 11/04/2020

Contact: David Card

202.408.9514 x122

press@ndrn.org

NDRN Executive Director: “Count Every Vote”

Washington, DC – Like everyone else, we at the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) anxiously await the results of the election. We hope that the votes can be counted quickly so that Americans can feel confident in knowing who will be their next president.

However, a quick vote count is no substitute for an accurate one. And that is why we are strongly calling upon state election officials, state legislatures, the courts, and the federal government to ensure that every vote is counted. Anything less than a full count will not only cast doubts upon the legitimacy of the process but potentially set a precedent for the future exclusion of voters with disabilities.

“If you did everything right, but your ballot isn’t returned on time due to mail delays, we want to ensure your vote is counted. If you did everything right, but have difficulty leaving an exact signature, we want to ensure your vote is counted. All of these challenges to counting mail in votes are, at times quite directly, a challenge to the right of individuals with disabilities to vote in a manner that is safe and secure. We stand strongly in favor of counting every vote to prevent further erosions of the rights of the one in six voters with a disability,” said Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network.

The disability community is significantly more likely to vote by mail. This is for a variety of reasons including: the limited accessibility of in-person polling places, lack of adequate transportation, and an individual needing to limit their exposure to others due to being immunocompromised. When those who vote by mail have their ballots thrown out, it means that our community is disproportionately impacted. NDRN calls upon both parties and all individuals involved in the counting process to put the rights of Americans with disabilities ahead of partisanship, and count every vote.

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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

Hospital Visitation Rights

Patients with disabilities who need a support person for disability related needs should be able to access this support while in the hospital. If you have problems with your support person being allowed into the hospital with you because of COVID-19 visitor limitations, please contact us.

 

Office of Civil Rights resolves complaints to allow patients with disabilities reasonable access to support persons in hospitals: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/06/09/ocr-resolves-complaints-after-state-connecticut-private-hospital-safeguard-rights-persons.html

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid guidance regarding hospital visitation limits: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-hospital-visitation-phase-ii-visitation-covid-negative-patients.pdf

 

 

 

IPUL, DRI, and SDE – Back to School Special Education Conversation – IPUL’s July 2020 Statewide Training

DRI is going to be participating in a live discussion with IPUL and the State Department of Education regarding returning to school in the fall of 2020 on July 15, 2020 from 6:00pm – 7:15pm MST. Parents and families of students receiving special education and related services are encouraged to attend! Visit IPUL website here: https://ipulidaho.org/news-and-events#ipul-s-next-training or view PDF announcement for information, registration is required.

Click here to download the PDF.