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, and families. We are also committed to ensuring 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 justice 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. We promote an education system that is free from punitive disciplinary methods—such as corporal punishment, restraint and seclusion, and bullying—and inappropriate and overused suspensions and expulsions. We oppose the use of vouchers and separate schools that further segregate and impoverish the education of students with disabilities.
- Blog Post - Washington MarkupJune 7, 2017
I Fought for My Daughter to Live at Home, And Congress Wants to Take That Away From People With DisabilitiesBlog Post - Washington MarkupJuly 24, 2017
Federal Court Orders State to Stop Violating Constitutional Rights of People with Mental Illness in JailNews/Press ReleaseApril 3, 2015
- Blog Post - Washington MarkupJune 30, 2017
- Blog Post - Washington MarkupFebruary 20, 2017
- Blog Post - Washington MarkupSeptember 20, 2017
- Blog Post - Washington MarkupSeptember 18, 2017
Epic Systems Co. v. Lewis; Ernst & Young v. Morris; National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil - Amicus BriefLegal DocumentSeptember 12, 2017
- CaseSeptember 12, 2017
Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With DisabilitiesBlog Post - Washington MarkupSeptember 6, 2017
- OtherSeptember 6, 2017