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

ACLU of Michigan to Host Special-Education Rights and School-to-Prison Pipeline Panel

ACLU of Michigan to Host Special-Education Rights and School-to-Prison Pipeline Panel

2015-05-07 00:00:00

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

ACLU of Michigan Sues EAA for Details About Special-Education Services

2015-05-05 00:00:00

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

#TBT: A Wonder in the Classroom

2015-03-12 00:00:00

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

School District Discriminated Against Girl and Her Service Dog, ACLU Contends in Federal Lawsuit

2012-12-17 00:00:00

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

ACLU Tells Judge Anti-Begging Law is Harsh, Unconstitutional

2012-02-16 00:00:00

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

Profile from the War on Drugs: Joseph Casias

2011-06-08 00:00:00

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

Your Weekly Rights Review - April 29, 2011

2011-04-28 00:00:00

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.

Michigan News

Pain Management Shouldn't Mean Unemployment

ACLU Appeals Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart for Firing Cancer Patient Who Legally Used Medical Marijuana

ACLU Appeals Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart for Firing Cancer Patient Who Legally Used Medical Marijuana

2011-04-27 00:00:00

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.”

ACLU Asks Michigan Supreme Court to Hear Medical Marijuana Case

ACLU Asks Michigan Supreme Court to Hear Medical Marijuana Case

2011-04-01 00:00:00

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 facing felony drug charges despite complying with state law.

If the appeal is accepted, it will be the first time the Michigan Supreme Court weighs in on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

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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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WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will hear the case of Ehlena Fry, a 12-year-old Jackson, Mich., girl with cerebral palsy who, at...
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...