Through a review of Rocky Myers’ case in Alabama and a discussion with The Arc’s legal director, this episode explores the Supreme Court’s opinion in Atkins and later decisions holding that executing people with intellectual disability violates the constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Individuals with I/DD are dramatically over-represented in prisons and jails and face unique barriers. Powerful laws exist to protect them, but prisoners need accessible resources to assist them in advocating for their rights. This article explores recommendations to ensure equity for prisoners with I/DD.
This document explores how advocates have used, and are beginning to use in new ways, the “integration mandate” of the Americans with Disabilities Act to advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities to avoid unnecessary entanglement with the criminal justice system.
Federal class action lawsuit alleging widespread failures by Kanawha County Schools (West Virginia) to provide behavioral and academic supports to students with disabilities in violation of federal law.
Personal stories are one of the strongest advocacy tools we have – they educate, motivate and empower. Tools for Building Power Through Personal Stories includes tips for finding the right story for advocacy efforts, building a story bank, interviewing story tellers, sample materials and examples of stories in advocacy.