A federal civil rights lawsuit filed on August 14, 2014, seeks a court order to provide individuals with mental illness who are incarcerated in parish jails access to mental health treatment ordered by the court.
AC's 2014 full staff In-Service, held on July 31, 2014, included a keynote address on the politics of exclusion by disability rights activist Michael Bailey, and a panel discussion on civil rights. Panel participants, pictured here, left to right: Erica Buher (VAYLA), Enrique Moresco (NO/AIDS Task Force), Salvador Longoria (Regional Transit Authority), Lanor Curole (Houma Nation), Larry Bagneris (City of New Orleans), Michael Bailey (disability rights activist), Lois Simpson (AC Executive Director).
Nell Hahn, AC's Director of Litigation & Systems Advocacy, is the 2014 recipient of AC's Thomas Bellanger Employee Excellence Award. Hahn is pictured here (left) with AC Executive Director Lois Simpson.
Meet Vincenzo Pasquantonio, Community Work Incentives Coordinator!
In recent months, LA's federal legislators have made decision that affect people with disabilities, both good (Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, AC's Supported Independent Living Advocacy Program) and bad (lack of protection for community services, discrimination).
People with disabilities are entitled to voting assistance as per Louisiana law. Voters have several options when showing proof of disability when registering to vote, or at the polls.