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A woman who won a landmark civil rights case for people with disabilities has died

Monday, November 07, 2022

Lois Curtis, the Georgia artist with an intellectual disability who brought a landmark civil rights lawsuit, has died at the age of 55. (Story first aired on Weekend Edition Saturday on Nov. 5, 2022.)


Lois Curtis, who won a landmark civil rights case for people with disabilities, died

Saturday, November 05, 2022

Lois Curtis, an artist with an intellectual disability who brought a landmark civil rights lawsuit that gave people with disabilities the right to live outside of institutions, has died.


The federal government will allow states to stop charging families for foster care

Friday, July 01, 2022

Following an NPR investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance to state and county officials that lets them stop charging parents whose children are placed in foster care.


Lawmakers call for probe into deadly federal prison

Thursday, June 02, 2022

Following a Marshall Project/NPR report detailing violence and abuse at the newest federal penitentiary, three members of Congress asked the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate


The newest federal prison has become one of the deadliest

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

NPR's Investigative Unit teamed up with The Marshall Project to look at a penitentiary in Thomson, Ill., that is one of the country's most violent and dangerous federal prisons.


How the newest federal prison became one of the deadliest

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Federal prisoners said to be the most dangerous are sent to a special unit at an Illinois penitentiary. NPR and The Marshall Project have uncovered violence, abuse and a string of inmate deaths there.


New York City will stop collecting Social Security money from children in foster care

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

New York City officials announced the city will no longer take all Social Security checks from children to pay for foster care. Last year NPR and The Marshall Project investigated the common practice.


States send kids to foster care and their parents the bill — often one too big to pay

Monday, December 27, 2021

In every state, governments charge parents for the cost of foster care when children are taken away. When that happens, NPR found, poor parents can't make ends meet, so families are kept apart longer.


Despite calls to improve, air travel is still a nightmare for many with disabilities

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Congress told the Transportation Security Administration and airlines in 2018 to improve air travel for people with disabilities. But TSA data and stories from flyers suggest little has improved.


How Does Having A Disability Affect Your TSA Screening Experience?

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Does having a disability affect your experience with TSA screening at the airport? If so, NPR is doing stories about this and we'd like to hear from you.


Los Angeles County Moves To Get More Money Into The Hands Of Foster Youth

Friday, July 16, 2021

Los Angeles County plans to ensure foster youth who get Social Security can use the money later, going against the common practice of child welfare agencies nationwide to use benefits to pay for care.


Movement Grows For States To Give Back Federal Funds Owed To Foster Children

Monday, May 03, 2021

When kids age out of foster care, they face high rates of unemployment and homelessness. An NPR investigation finds that many of these youths were entitled to federal funds that could have helped.


Consultants Help States Find And Keep Money That Should Go To Foster Kids

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Many kids in foster care are entitled to Social Security benefits. An investigation by NPR and The Marshall Project found some states take the checks, and use private consultants to find the money.


State Foster Care Agencies Take Millions Of Dollars Owed To Children In Their Care

Thursday, April 22, 2021

In at least 36 states and the District of Columbia, child welfare agencies use a child's benefit checks to offset the cost of foster care, often leaving them with a tattered safety net as adults.


HHS Civil Rights Office Tackles Health Care Discrimination Of People With Disabilities

Friday, January 15, 2021

New actions from the Office For Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services aim to fight discrimination against people with disabilities who have COVID-19, like being denied treatment.


Oregon Hospitals Didn't Have Shortages. So Why Were Disabled People Denied Care?

Monday, December 21, 2020

The fight to save the life of one woman reveals a grim pattern: In Oregon, people with disabilities were denied health care during the pandemic, even without a shortage of ventilators or other care.


Oregon Hospitals Told Not To Withhold Care Because Of A Person's Disability

Monday, December 21, 2020

During a pandemic, doctors make hard choices about who gets care. Federal law says they can't rule out someone based on disability or age. But some worry the decisions are made behind closed doors.


As Hospitals Fear Being Overwhelmed By COVID-19, Do The Disabled Get The Same Access?

Monday, December 14, 2020

In an Oregon hospital, a disabled woman fought for her life as her friends and advocates pleaded for proper care. Her case raises the question: Are disabled lives equally valued during a pandemic?


American Airlines Reverses Policy That Imposed Weight Limit On Wheelchairs

Monday, November 23, 2020

American Airlines reversed a recent policy that banned wheelchairs weighing more than 300 pounds, which includes many power wheelchairs, from some of its regional jets following an NPR report.


A New Rule Means Some People With Wheelchairs Can't Fly On American Airlines

Monday, November 02, 2020

A new policy from American Airlines, the largest airline in the United States, put a limit on the weight of a wheelchair. Now, many power wheelchairs are too heavy to fly on smaller regional jets.