Raquel Dominguez  //  3/16/17  //  Topic Update


The Trump Administration's education and healthcare policies may undermine disability rights in key respects.

School vouchers undermine IDEA protection for children with special needs, according to The National Education Association. 

Overturning Key Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regulations (NYT, The Atlantic)creates questions about the future of special education, as outlined by EducationNext.

o   Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued a Dear Colleague Letter explaining interim implementation procedures.

o   EducationNext explains how the House of Representatives used the Congressional Review Act to void the Obama Administration’s interpretation of these accountability provisions.

The American Health Care Act, specifically provisions making Medicaid a capped “per capita” system, could limit available funds for the disabled. (Pacific Standard Magazine, CNN Money, Fact Check)


Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

The Justice Department rescinds several guidance documents clarifying the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act, leading to worry amongst disability rights advocates. After a yearlong investigation, the Department of Education orders Texas to correct violations in services to disabled students.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of October 23, 2017

10/31/17  //  Daily Update

Proposed changes to the ADA may make the statute extremely difficult to enforce.

Updates | The Week of August 21, 2017

8/24/17  //  Daily Update

DOJ continues to support the position that websites are covered by Title III of the American Disabilities Act.