Monthly Archives: April 2014

Finally! A Civil Rights Breakthrough for U.S. Citizens with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

On April 8, 2014 the U.S. Department of Justice announced “a landmark settlement agreement between the United States and the state of Rhode Island, vindicating the civil rights of approximately 3,250 individuals across the state with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD).” This case constitutes the nation’s first statewide settlement involving the unnecessary segregation of people with disabilities in segregated sheltered workshops and day facilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is well known that these conditions exist in every state of the union and in the District click here to read more

Kara’s Story

Kara-StoryKara Brouhard was five years old when she was hit in the head by an out of control skier which shattered her skull. She had multiple brain surgeries and was in a coma for for two months. Because of this severe traumatic brain injury she was left with many challenges. She has some cognitive challenges which include inability to tell time, manage money and minimal reading skills. She is legally blind and has left sided paralysis. But, as Kara says… “I click here to read more