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
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ACLU of Michigan to Host Special-Education Rights and School-to-Prison Pipeline Panel
Continuing a series of programs centered on special-education students in public schools, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan will sponsor a panel discussion at Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills on May 28 on the rights of students with disabilities and the impact of dwindling resources, harsh zero-tolerance laws and other factors.
ACLU of Michigan Sues EAA for Details About Special-Education Services
Concerned over a lack of transparency from the state-run Education Achievement Authority, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced this week that it has filed a lawsuit against the controversial school district in an effort to learn details of the specific special-education services provided to district students under a multimillion-dollar deal between the EAA and Futures Education of Michigan.
#TBT: A Wonder in the Classroom
People with disabilities are 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.
A Wonder in the Classroom
School District Discriminated Against Girl and Her Service Dog, ACLU Contends in Federal Lawsuit
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 bringing her doctor-prescribed service dog to school. The lawsuit was filed against the Napoleon School District and the Jackson County Intermediate School District for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
ACLU Tells Judge Anti-Begging Law is Harsh, Unconstitutional
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 all public places. The lawsuit was filed against the state attorney general and the City of Grand Rapids, which made 399 begging-related arrests between January 1, 2008 and May 24, 2011.
Profile from the War on Drugs: Joseph Casias
Having battled sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor for more than a decade, cancer patient Joseph Casias is used to fighting for his life. But now the War on Drugs has forced him to fight for his livelihood, too.
Joseph's condition has required extensive treatment and chemotherapy, interferes with his ability to speak, and is a source of severe and daily pain.
Your Weekly Rights Review - April 29, 2011
Civil liberties abuses are often felt first by the most vulnerable segments of our society.
This week we're working hard to defend medical marijuana patients from having to live in fear simply because of their medical care.
We're also giving a voice to Michigan's forgotten children, fighting the unconstitutional law that can sentence a 14-year-old to die behind bars.
Pain Management Shouldn't Mean Unemployment
ACLU Appeals Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart for Firing Cancer Patient Who Legally Used Medical Marijuana
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 wrongfully firing an employee for using medical marijuana in accordance with state law. The patient, Joseph Casias, used marijuana to treat the painful symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer.
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, passed by the state’s voters in 2008, protects medical marijuana patients from “disciplinary action by a business.”