HIV/AIDS Employment and Health Status Discrimination

As a nation we have made great strides to increase knowledge and information amongst the populace concerning HIV/AIDS, however, there are still instances where people with HIV are denied or discriminated against due to their disability or health status.[1]   Both the ACLU and U.S. Department of Justice are taken measures to challenge both government …

Ban for Carbon-Fiber Running Blades Overturned and First Blade Runner Competes for South African Olympic Team

All eyes were anxiously on South African runner, Oscar Pistorius, as he trained and competed for a spot on the South African Olympic team for the London 2012 Olympics. Oscar Postorius was born without fibula in both legs.[1]  At the age of 11, Pistorius became a bilateral below the knee amputee and used carbon fiber …

Immigrants with Disabilities

There are various laws and regulations that protect individuals with mental and psychological disabilities, including immigration law.  Many immigrants fear that they may not be entitled to or eligible for citizenship if they disclose that they have a mental or psychological disability.  However, the fact that an immigrant suffers from a mental or psychological disability …

Civil Rights Watch: Justice Department Announces it Will Monitor June 26, 2012 Primary Elections in Orange County New York

Justice Department announced on June 25, 2012 that it will monitor several primary elections in Orange County New York on June 26, 2012.  The monitoring of primary elections is consistent with a federal court order which was issued earlier this year.  Poll monitors and attorneys will ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, …

June 22nd is the Thirteenth Anniversary of the Olmstead decision!

For most individuals who think of a landmark decision pertaining to education and court decisions which attempts to eliminate disparate treatment, Brown v. Board of Education immediately comes to mind.  However, Olmstead v. L.C.  and E.W (June 22, 1999) was the landmark decision that protected and recognized the disparate treatment of individuals with disabilities within …

Welcome (Back) to WADA

Welcome to the new blog/website for the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association.   This space is dedicated to building a vibrant community of legal professionals with disabilities in Washington and beyond.   WADA-Web is also a platform for constructive dialogue with th larger legal and diversity community and for establishing WADA as a truly effective minority bar association.