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$10.5 Million Settlement To Resolve Disability Based Housing Discrimination Lawsuit

In a landmark decision, the United States Justice Department obtained a $10.5 million settlement to resolve disability-based housing discrimination lawsuit. JPI Construction L.P. (JPI) and six other JPI firms were charged with discriminating on the basis of disability in the design and construction of multifamily housing complexes throughout the United States. The Justice Department decided that […]

Delaware’s Secretary Landgraf Testifies Before Senate on Behalf of Individuals With Disabilities

Olmstead vs. LC Thirteen years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. LC that states must eliminate unnecessary segregation of individuals with disabilities and ensure that individuals with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Update – U.S. Senate Holds Full Committee Hearing on Olmstead Enforcement On Thursday, […]

Delaware Essential Health Benefits Public Forum And Open Comment Period

Calling All Delawareans – The state of Delaware is currently defining it’s benchmark health care plan in compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. You are invited to provide feedback during this timeframe – your feedback can affect the future of Delaware health insurance plans. Background: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires […]

In Memorium: Katie Beckett, March 9, 1978 – May 18, 2012

Where It All Began. Five months after her birth in 1978, Katie Beckett contracted viral encephalitis, a brain infection, that caused her to lapse into a coma. Katie eventually recovered, but the encephalitis and resultant coma left her partially paralyzed and unable to breath without the use of a respirator twelve hours a day. At […]

A Plea to Delaware Parents of Children With Special Needs

On June 4th, 2012, Lt. Gov. Denn, Rep. Quinn Johnson and Sen. Harris McDowell issued a press release discussing proposed legislation to help ensure parents of children with special needs that their children receive the necessary educational services. Press Release, June 4th, 2012 – LT. GOV. DENN, LEGISLATIVE LEADERS UNVEIL BILL HELPING PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH […]

Stand Up For Health Care: Supreme Court Central

From Standupforhealthcare.org: Supreme Court Central Shortly after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, anti-health care Republicans filed suit in federal court, trying to block the law from taking effect. Make no mistake – the law is on solid legal ground. In fact, 19 courts have dismissed challenges to the Affordable Care Act, but that hasn’t […]

Del. AG Beau Biden Announces YouTube Contest for High School Students

From a press release:  WILMINGTON, Del.- Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said Monday that the state Department of Justice’s Senior Protection Initiative has launched a statewide video contest for high school students. According to Biden, the contest, “Connecting Generations: Compassion in Action,” is designed to raise awareness of senior abuse among younger Delawareans. The competition […]

Suicide Prevention Grant Announcement

Delaware Family Voices was included in this joint announcement from our U.S. Senators Carper, Coons, Carney announce more than $480,000 for youth suicide prevention Health & Human Services grant will help middle school students WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Representative John Carney today announced a total of $480,000 in […]

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