March 2012 Archives

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Preventing Restraint and Seclusion in Educational Settings

  The Georgia Advocacy Office is investigating abuse, neglect, and deaths on a daily basis and working with people with disabilities, family members, schools,...

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July 26, 2010 marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.

  Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama commemorated Monday’s 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by signing an executive...

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The Olmstead Decision

  On June 22, 1999 the United States Supreme Court held in Olmstead v. L.C. that unjustified isolation of individuals with disabilities is properly regarded...

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The Legal Argument Against Paying People with Disabilities Subminimum Wages

  More than 20 years after the United States Congress adopted the Americans with Disabilities Act, intending to eliminate discrimination against people with...

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GAO Objects to Settlement Ending DOJ Lawsuit

  As a result of the ongoing dialogue between the Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the unsafe conditions...

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Crisis in Georgia’s state institutions

  Many people have read the series of articles in the Atlanta Journal Constitutions titled “A Hidden Shame: Death in Georgia’s Mental Hospitals.”...

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Justice Department Obtains Comprehensive Agreement Regarding the State of Georgia’s Mental Health and Developmental Disability System

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced that it has entered into a comprehensive settlement agreement that will transform the state of Georgia’s...

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A Call to Action To End The Use of Aversive Treatments and Updates

    A letter was sent in September of 2009 to the Office of Disability, Department of Health and Human Services; the Secretary of the Department of Health...

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Letter regarding the Mental Health Crisis in Georgia

    Dear Legislators: I am writing to you regarding the recent reports of deaths, abuse and neglect in Georgia’s State hospitals by the Atlanta Journal...