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Disability Rights Law

Roots, Present Challenges, and Future Collaborations

By Arlene Mayerson

Although we have made progress in the fight against disability discrimination since the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, subsequent U.S. Supreme Court cases have reinforced traditional notions of disability and continually narrowed protections and remedies for people with disabilities. Fixing the damage caused by the Supreme Court is only one of the many actions that need to be taken. To serve clients with disabilities best, “disabilities rights lawyers” and legal aid offices need to forge ahead with much more collaboration.

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