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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Issues in the U.S. Ratification Debate

Description: This report discusses the United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities; its purpose is to promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities.
Date: January 21, 2015
Creator: Blanchfield, Luisa & Brown, Cynthia
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Proposed Regulations

Description: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has often been described as the most sweeping nondiscrimination legislation since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As stated in the act, its purpose is “to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.” This report discusses recently proposed regulations that would adopt accessibility standards consistent with the minimum guidelines and requirements issued by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.
Date: January 6, 2009
Creator: Jones, Nancy Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Ace: Final Part B Regulations

Description: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides federal funding for the education of children with disabilities and requires, as a condition for the receipt of such funds, the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE). The statute also contains detailed due process provisions to ensure the provision of FAPE. On December 1, 2008, the Department of Education (ED) issued a final regulation to "clarify and strengthen current regulations" promulgated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The regulations take effect on December 31, 2008. This report looks at the issues raised by changes from the regulations.
Date: December 11, 2008
Creator: Jones, Nancy Lee & Lordeman, Ann
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements Concerning the Provision of Interpreters by Hospitals and Doctors

Description: This report briefly discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by places of public accommodation. This report specifically discusses a common question of whether or not the ADA requires medical doctors and hospitals to provide an interpreter when they have a patient with a hearing disability.
Date: July 8, 2004
Creator: Jones, Nancy Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The Americans with Disabilities Act: Toyota Motor Manufacturing v. Williams

Description: The Supreme Court, in Toyota Motor Manufacturing v. Williams, held that to be an individual with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) an individual must have substantial limitations on abilities that are central to daily life,rather than only to those abilities used in the workplace. In an unanimous opinion written by Justice O’Connor, the Court interpreted the definition of individual with disability narrowly to exclude individuals who are limited only in the performance of manual tasks associated with their job. This report will briefly discuss Williams and its implications for the ADA.
Date: January 15, 2002
Creator: Jones, Nancy L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coverage of Contagious Diseases

Description: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provides broad nondiscrimination protection for individuals with disabilities in employment public services, public accommodations and services operated by private entities, transportation, and telecommunication. This report briefly discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act's statutory provisions relating to contagious diseases and relevant judicial interpretations.
Date: October 15, 2008
Creator: Jones, Nancy Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

Description: President George W. Bush established the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in April 2002 as part of his commitment to eliminate inequality for Americans with disabilities. The President directed the Commission to identify policies that could be implemented by Federal, State and local governments to maximize the utility of existing resources, improve coordination of treatments and services, and promote successful community integration for adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance.
Date: July 22, 2003
Creator: President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Public Schools: The Legal Issues

Description: Seclusion and restraint have been used in various situations to deal with violent or noncompliant behavior. Because of congressional interest in the use of seclusion and restraint in schools, including passage of H.R. 4247 and the introduction of S. 2860, 111th Congress, first session, this report focuses on the legal issues concerning the use of these techniques in schools, including their application both to children covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and to those not covered by IDEA.
Date: October 14, 2010
Creator: Jones, Nancy Lee & Feder, Jody
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Obesity Discrimination and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Description: This report outlines the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which provide broad nondiscrimination protection for individuals with disabilities. It provides background regarding how obesity is covered under the ADA and its supporting regulations. The report also discusses some of the ways in which courts have applied the ADA to obesity discrimination claims.
Date: July 16, 2007
Creator: Staman, Jennifer
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Education of the Handicapped

Description: Federal involvement in the education of the handicapped increased significantly with the enactment of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (P.L. 94-142) in the 94th Congress. This legislation amended the provisions for State assistance under Part B of the Education of the Handicapped Act (EHA, P.L. 91-230, title VI, as amended) to require that a "free appropriate public education" be available for all handicapped children age 3 through 21 by September 1980. P.L. 94-142 authorized increased Federal financial assistance along with new requirements for participating State agencies and local school districts. Current issues relating to Federal policy for the education of the handicapped include concerns about costs and responsibilities in educating the handicapped, about the level of Federal financial support, about the characteristics of handicapped children actually identified and served, about the implementation of P.L. 94-142 requirements by State and local school districts, and about Administration proposals to revise Part B regulations.
Date: November 14, 1983
Creator: Fraas, Charlotte Jones
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Expulsion, Censure, Reprimand, and Fine: Legislative Discipline in the House of Representatives

Description: This report discusses the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is the nation's major program providing comprehensive vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to help persons with physical and mental disabilities become employable and achieve full integration into society.
Date: April 28, 2003
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Medicaid and Schools

Description: This report discusses the recent history and current issues facing Medicaid funding for certain health related costs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Date: February 17, 2009
Creator: Herz, Elicia J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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A Study of Certain Variabiles and their Implication in the Vocational Rehabilitation Training of Veteran Trainees

Description: When one group of disabled individuals finishes their vocational rehabilitation training programs and another group, almost as large in number, fails to complete their courses one wonders whether there are significant differences in the two groups. The problem in this study is to determine if the two groups differ significantly in certain identifiable characteristics. The identifiable characteristics are some important objective variables that are utilized in the vocational rehabilitation training of disabled veterans.
Date: August 1958
Creator: Mathews, Quinten Snow
Partner: UNT Libraries
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The Definition of Disability

Description: The threshold issue in any Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) case is whether the individual alleging discrimination is an individual with a disability. The ADA definition is a functional one and does not list specific disabilities. This report discusses the definition of "disability." It also briefly discusses the Supreme Court's opinions and analyze how the lower courts are interpreting the Supreme Court's holdings.
Date: March 9, 2006
Creator: Jones, Nancy Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: House and Senate Amendments to Juvenile Justice Legislation

Description: This report discusses legislative issues regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which provides federal funds to the states to assist them in providing an education for children with disabilities.
Date: August 20, 1999
Creator: Jones, Nancy L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Discipline Legislation in the 106th Congress

Description: Although Congress described its 1997 changes to discipline provisions in the Individuals withDisabilitiesEducationAct (IDEA) as a “carefulbalance,” it was not long before amendmentsto change the provisionssurfaced. In 1999 the Senate passed S. 254, 106th Cong., the Violent and Repeat Juvenile Accountability and Rehabilitation Act of 1999, and the House passed H.R. 1501, 106th Cong., the Child Safety and Protection Act, both of which contained amendments to IDEA. These amendments would have changed section 615 of IDEA to eliminate IDEA’s different disciplinary procedures for children with disabilities in certain situations. In the Senate the amendment applied to children with disabilities who carry a gun or firearm while in the House the amendment would cover a weapon. These amendments were not enacted.
Date: January 12, 2001
Creator: Jones, Nancy Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Proposed Regulations for P.L. 108-446

Description: The 108th Congress passed P.L. 108-446, which reauthorized and revised the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is the major federal the statute authorizing funds for special education and related services for children with disabilities and providing detailed due process provisions to ensure that these children receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Although much of the the basic structure of IDEA has been retained, P.L. 108-446 does make a number of significant changes. Among these are the definition of “highly qualified” teachers, calculation of maximum state grants, funding for high-need children with disabilities, revised state performance goals and requirements for children’s participation in state and local assessments, changes in the private school provisions, exceptions to certain financial requirements, changes in procedural safeguards, and changes in compliance monitoring to focus on student performance.
Date: July 18, 2005
Creator: Jones, Nancy Lee & Apling, Richard N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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