Disability Rights

Despite evidence the Americans With Disabilities Act works, people with disabilities are still, too often, treated as second class, shunned and segregated by physical barriers and social stereotypes. They are discriminated against in employment, schools, and housing, robbed of their personal autonomy, sometimes even hidden away and forgotten by the larger society. Ensuring equal access for those with disabilities is a core guiding principle of the ACLU of Michigan

Lawsuit for Special Education Records

Lawsuit for Special Education Records

2015-04-23 00:00:00

Ever since the State of Michigan created the controversial Education Achievement Authority (EAA) to take over failing schools in Detroit, there have been complaints that students with disabilities are not receiving adequate special education services.  The EAA outsourced special education services to a for-profit company called Futures Education of Michigan, paying the company millions of taxpayer dollars to serve our most vulnerable children.  Details regarding this private company’s actual services, however, have remained elusive.  After the EAA failed to provide public records regarding

ACLU to Supreme Court: Fulfill the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

ACLU to Supreme Court: Fulfill the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

2015-10-14 00:00:00

Twenty-five years ago, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law designed to guarantee Americans with disabilities broad rights and freedoms. Tragically, however, stubborn stereotypes, combined with narrow court rulings, have robbed many Americans of the rights promised by the ADA.

Today, the ACLU of Michigan and the National ACLU asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that would tear down court-imposed barriers that prevent people with disability from realizing freedoms promised by the ADA.

ACLU, ACLU of Michigan Petition U.S. Supreme Court on Behalf of Girl with Cerebral Palsy Who Was Prevented from Bringing Service Dog to Class

ACLU, ACLU of Michigan Petition U.S. Supreme Court on Behalf of Girl with Cerebral Palsy Who Was Prevented from Bringing Service Dog to Class

2015-10-15 00:00:00

WASHINGTON, DC—The ACLU of Michigan and the National ACLU today petitioned the US Supreme Court to rule on whether the group can move ahead with a lawsuit filed on behalf of an 11-year-old Jackson, Mich., girl with cerebral palsy who, at age 5, was banned from bringing her service dog to class.

Five-Year-Old Denied Right To Bring Service Dog to School

Five-Year-Old Denied Right To Bring Service Dog to School

2015-10-15 00:00:00

The ACLU is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Ehlena Fry, a young girl with cerebral palsy who needs assistance with many of her daily tasks. Thanks in part to the contributions of parents at Ehlena’s elementary school, Ehlena’s family raised $13,000 to acquire a trained, hypoallergenic service dog named Wonder. Wonder performed several tasks for Ehlena, assisted her with balance and mobility, and facilitated her independence. Nonetheless, her school district refused to allow Wonder in the school.

Investigating Abuse at Huron Valley Women’s Prison

Investigating Abuse at Huron Valley Women’s Prison

2014-12-18 00:00:00

In 2014 the ACLU of Michigan began to receive extremely disturbing reports of mentally ill inmates being mistreated at Huron Valley Correctional Facility, the only women’s prison in Michigan.

According to reports from multiple individuals who witnessed these events first-hand, mentally ill prisoners were being placed in solitary confinement and denied water and food, “hog tied” naked for many hours, left to stand, sit or lie naked in their own feces and urine, denied showers for days, and tasered.

Standing Together for Justice: ACLU West Michigan Luncheon

Standing Together for Justice: ACLU West Michigan Luncheon

2015-05-14 00:00:00

In the last year, LZ has written powerfully and poignantly about Ferguson, Missouri, and the truths about race and racism that we as Americans must face. In addition to his insightful and deeply personal writing on racial justice, LZ and his partner are actively involved in the movement for marriage equality. LZ can be regularly seen and read on ESPN, ESPN.com, and CNN.

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October 15, 2015
The ACLU is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Ehlena Fry, a young girl with cerebral palsy who needs assistance with many of her daily tasks....
WASHINGTON, DC—The ACLU of Michigan and the National ACLU today petitioned the US Supreme Court to rule on whether the group can move ahead with a lawsuit...
April 23, 2015
Ever since the State of Michigan created the controversial Education Achievement Authority (EAA) to take over failing schools in Detroit, there have been...
December 18, 2014
In 2014 the ACLU of Michigan began to receive extremely disturbing reports of mentally ill inmates being mistreated at Huron Valley Correctional Facility, the...
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October 15, 2015
The ACLU is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Ehlena Fry, a young girl with cerebral palsy who needs assistance with many of her daily tasks....
WASHINGTON, DC—The ACLU of Michigan and the National ACLU today petitioned the US Supreme Court to rule on whether the group can move ahead with a lawsuit...
Twenty-five years ago, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law designed to guarantee Americans with...
May 07, 2015 Criminal Justice
Continuing a series of programs centered on special-education students in public schools, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan will sponsor a panel...
May 05, 2015 Education
Concerned over a lack of transparency from the state-run Education Achievement Authority, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced this week...
March 12, 2015 #TBT
People with disabilities are too often treated as second class, shunned and segregated by physical barriers and social stereotypes. They are discriminated...
December 17, 2012 Discrimination
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of an eight-year-old student with cerebral palsy who was barred from...
February 16, 2012
An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked a federal judge today to strike down a state law that criminalizes peaceful panhandling in...
April 27, 2011 Medical Marijuana
The American Civil Liberties Union today said it will appeal a decision by a federal judge to dismiss an ACLU lawsuit filed in June against Wal-Mart and the...
April 27, 2011 Work Place Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union today urged a federal appeals court to reinstate its lawsuit against Wal-Mart and the manager of its Battle Creek store for...
April 01, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked the state’s highest court yesterday to review the case of a registered medical marijuana patient who is...
March 17, 2011
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority must adopt written guidelines for landlords and local public housing agencies to address the evictions of...
December 16, 2010
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it will represent a registered patient who is challenging the City of Wyoming’s ordinance...
December 01, 2010
In an effort to defend the rights of medical marijuana patients and caregivers throughout the state, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sued the...
November 12, 2010 Drug Policy
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union told a federal judge today that the lawsuit against Wal-Mart for wrongfully firing an...
July 29, 2010
Detroit – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham officials to uphold the rights of medical...
June 29, 2010 Medical Marijuana
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan in partnership with the law firm of Daniel W. Grow, PLLC, filed a lawsuit today...
March 10, 2010
Grand Rapids, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan denounced the passage of a Grand Rapids city ordinance today for violating the rights...
February 16, 2010 Safe & Free
Detroit – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Royal Oak Police Department and City Attorney to abide by the law and end...
January 21, 2010 Student Rights
NAPOLEON, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Napoleon Community Schools today to respect the rights of a 5-year-old student with...
December 22, 2009
Elk Rapids, Mich. – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan came to the aid of a terminally ill woman who is being evicted from her...
March 21, 2005
Detroit – An agreement was reached today and a terminally-ill Ann Arbor woman who was being forced to move from her apartment, after the complex refused to...
March 09, 2005 housing
ANN ARBOR – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan (FHC-SE) and the Clinical Law Program of the...
March 27, 2003
Detroit – The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Mackinac Island violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by refusing to grant a resident...
June 20, 2002
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit today against the City of Mackinac Island for refusing to grant a resident with a Multiple...
June 07, 2002
In a letter sent today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan charged Mackinac Island officials with violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by...
Napoleon, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded the Napoleon Community Schools decision to permit a doctor-prescribed service dog to...