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
Seven-Year-Old Handcuffed at School
In October 2015 a “school resource officer” working in Flint handcuffed a seven-year-old student with ADHD when the student did not immediately respond to the officer’s instruction. The student was not a threat to himself or others and was handcuffed for nearly an hour solely on account of his disability-related behavior. In March 2016 the ACLU wrote a letter on behalf of the family seeking wholesale policy changes to ensure that no more children are handcuffed at school. We are continuing to work with Flint in an attempt to resolve the matter.
Attempted Expulsion of Ten-Year-Old
After a ten-year-old Detroit Public Schools student with special needs was accused of throwing toilet paper, she was dragged to the principal’s office and placed in handcuffs by a police officer. The girl panicked, and as she struggled she allegedly kicked the officer. The child was accused of assaulting school personnel and designated for expulsion on those grounds as the 2016 school year was drawing to a close. Counsel from the ACLU of Michigan attended the expulsion hearing in August 2016 and urged that she not be expelled, as such a severe punishment would prevent the enrollment of t
Ehlena and Wonder’s Supreme Court Case: The Right and Wrong Way to Treat Students with Disabilities
The story behind the disability rights case being argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on Halloween is a story about the contrast between kindness and cruelty, a story about the right way and the wrong way to treat kids with disabilities.
ACLU of Michigan to Announce Lawsuit on Behalf of Flint Families
FLINT, MICH. – The ACLU of Michigan, joined by community leaders, will announce a class-action lawsuit on behalf of families from Flint, Mich. on Tuesday, October 18.
Who: Rev. Juanita Crump, education chair, Concerned Pastors for Social Action
Kary Moss, Executive Director, ACLU of Michigan
Jeree Brown, Flint parent
Angy Keelin, Flint parent
What: Announcement of Lawsuit on Behalf of Flint Families
Where: Saints of God Church, 2200 Forest Hill Ave, Flint, Michigan
SCOTUS Grants Review of ACLU Disability Rights Case on Behalf Of Michigan Student
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 age 5, was banned from bringing her service dog to class. At the heart of the appeal is whether students in certain circumstances can bring claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act without first exhausting administrative processes under a separate law.
Lawsuit for Special Education Records
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.
ACLU to Supreme Court: Fulfill the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act
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.
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
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