The ACLU strives for an America free of discrimination against people with disabilities; where people with disabilities are valued, integrated members of society who have full access to education, homes, health care, jobs, families, voting, and civic engagement. We are also committed to ensuring that people with disabilities are no longer segregated into, and overrepresented in, civil and criminal institutions such as nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, jails, and prisons.
What You Need To Know
- 70% Seventy percent of public school students who are physically restrained or secluded have disabilities.
- 60%Sixty percent of people in local jails have some form of mental disability.
- $15,000 or lessForty-eight percent of people with disabilities have a personal income of $15,000 or less.
People in the United States are profoundly uncomfortable with people who have disabilities, especially significant or visible disabilities. This has led, consciously or unconsciously, to health care, housing, and employment that segregates people with disabilities from the rest of society.
The ACLU supports reducing the use of the United States’ jail and prison systems to warehouse people with mental and physical disabilities. We support efforts within the criminal legal system to identify and work with a person’s disability in rehabilitative efforts.
The ACLU supports equal access to educational opportunities for people with disabilities. The ACLU is also committed to challenging the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Students with disabilities and students of color with disabilities are disproportionately targeted by school police. They would benefit from support by much-needed mental health staff—counselors, social workers, and school psychologists. Instead, they are isolated, punished, and pushed out.
- PodcastApril 8, 2021
- CaseApril 6, 2021
- Press ReleaseApril 6, 2021
We Must Abolish Qualified Immunity to Prevent Further Police Harm — Especially for People in Mental Health CrisesNewsMarch 19, 2021
Rev. Sharpton and NYCLU to New York City Council: End Cops as First Responders to Mental Health CrisesPress ReleaseMarch 16, 2021
- Press ReleaseMarch 11, 2021