Public Policy

Consideration of Extenuating Circumstances When Screening Applicants with Disabilities

HUD issued a Memorandum to “All public Housing Agencies” entitled “Consideration of Extenuating Circumstances When Screening Applicants with Disabilities.” HUD states “it has recently come to the attention” of HUD that people with disabilities “face additional challenges during screening procedures [for public housing and housing choice vouchers] due to poor credit histories, often exacerbated by […]

DHAP incremental rent transition survey

HUD is nearing publication of a proposed format for a survey of Disaster Assistance Program (DHAP)-assisted households to complete its Incremental Rent Transition Study. If you are interested in seeing the draft survey instrument now (it will be published for comment in the next couple of weeks), please call Marina Myhre at (202) 402-5705. Below, […]

U.S. Dept of Education, Office of Special Education Programs issues memo regarding evaluations

Following confusion around Response to Intervention (RTI) and evaluation and reports to the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that local school districts might be using RTI strategies to delay or deny evaluation for students suspected of having a disability, OSEP’s Director, Dr. Melody Musgrove, sent a memo to state directors […]

Another Disability Legislative Win: Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act Passes!

Congress Enacts Legislation to Reform HUD’s Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program The Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010 (S.1481) has passed the Senate and the House, and is now on its way to be signed by President Obama. S. 1481 authorizes an innovative 811 demonstration program, which promotes integrated […]

21st Century Accessibility Act Passed

On October 8, 2010, President Obama signed The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (S.3304) into law. The following statement can be attributed to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski: “The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act is the most significant disability law in two decades. The law’s provisions were endorsed in the […]

DOJ Olmstead Settlement Improves Georgia Mental Health System, May Help Mississippi’s by Precedent

The Justice Department announced that it has entered into a comprehensive settlement agreement that will transform the state of Georgia’s mental health and developmental disability system and resolve a lawsuit the United States brought against the state. The lawsuit alleged unlawful segregation of individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities in the state’s psychiatric hospitals […]

President Obama signs Rosa’s Law

Today President Obama signed “Rosa’s Law,” which changes references in many Federal statutes that currently refer to “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability.” Thanks to the many advocates who called, e-mailed and wrote letters to make sure this became a reality!!! Read the Congressional Act

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