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Amicus Brief Supports Rights of Parents with Disabilities Under ADA

The Arc has long advocated that the rights of parenthood must not be denied to individuals solely on the basis of their disability. Last month, we participated in an amicus brief before the New York Court of Appeals in the case In the Matter of Lacee L in support of a mother with intellectual disability who had her child removed from her care without receiving appropriate accommodations to which she is entitled under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The brief noted: “Individuals with intellectual disability can learn how to parent, improve their parenting skills, and parent successfully with appropriate support. Robust enforcement of the reasonable accommodations requirement of the ADA is essential to guaranteeing that they have an equal opportunity to do so.”