Investigative Report:  North Colonie SD Takes Corrective Actions to Address Findings of Abuse and Neglect of Students with Disabilities at Blue Creek Elementary School

DRNY issued a public report documenting abuse and neglect in a special education classroom at Blue Creek School and the corrective action taken by the North Colonie School District (North Colonie) to address its more troubling practices. DRNY launched an investigation in 2013 after receiving multiple complaints of improper use of physical restraints, failure to notify parents and guardians of the use of physical restraints, and other misconduct threatening the safety and wellbeing of elementary age students with significant disabilities at Blue Creek Elementary School. North Colonie initially refused DRNY access to the school, students, and requested records and DRNY brought a federal lawsuit Disability Rights N.Y. v. N. Colonie Bd. of Educ.. In 2016, the District Court upheld DRNY’s investigative authority. 

​Read the Full Report: http://bit.ly/2pWfjfj

Read Press Release: http://bit.ly/2pWpT5S



Investigative Report: Bellevue's Restraint Overuse Alarming

In a joint investigation by Mental Hygiene Legal Service for the First Judicial Department (MHLS) and DRNY, evidence was uncovered demonstrating an unusually high usage of mechanical restraints on patients at Bellevue Hospital Center as compared to other public hospitals in New York City. The report, titled, “Investigation Report: Use of Restraints on Psychiatric Patients at Bellevue Hospital Center,” was published on November 1, 2016. Bellevue’s high incidence of mechanical restraint usage on psychiatric patients is a significant area of concern. As Bellevue’s own policy states, restraint use “has the potential to produce serious consequences, such as physical and psychological harm, loss of dignity, violation of an individual’s rights, feelings of isolation and even death.”

Read the Full Report:

 "Use of Restraints on Psychiatric Patients at Bellevue Hospital Center"

Press Release

Index of Appendices



Report:  DRNY Finds Employees Who Use Wheelchairs Are Out of Fashion In New York!
New Study Finds “No Foot in The Door” For Qualified Job Seekers at 41% Of New York City Fashion Retailers


Workers with disabilities have unemployment rates double the rate of those in the general workforce and earn as little as half of what people without disabilities earn. Disability Rights New York’s (DRNY), investigation and study, conducted by labor economist Marc Bendick, Jr., Ph.D., demonstrates that these outcomes often arise not because these workers can’t do the job, but instead because employers don’t give them a chance.  The first of its kind study in retail fashion employment found an alarming 41% of retailers discriminated against people with disabilities.

Click Here to Read the DRNY Press Release
Watch Video: https://youtu.be/jQ4U5Y3OYSc
​​Read Full Report Here



​Report:  DRNY Finds Problems with NYS Solitary Confinement Reforms for People with Disabilities

DRNY released a report of its investigation that the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) and Office of Mental Health (OMH) failed to adequately serve incarcerated people with disabilities.  DRNY issued a report following its 2014-2015 monitoring and investigation of the Correctional Alternatives Rehabilitation Unit (CAR) at Sullivan Correctional Facility, which DOCCS opened in May 2014.  The report includes findings of abuse and neglect and makes recommendations to DOCCS.

Read, DRNY's CAR Report


​​Investigative Report: The Death of M.H.

DRNY released a report of its investigation of the death of M.H., who lived in Saint Dominic’s Home, Dominican Hall (“SDH”), a New York Intermediate Care Facility for people with developmental disabilities. DRNY’s investigation concluded that M.H. was seriously neglected in the months preceding his death, causing him great suffering and likely contributing to his death.  New York State’s investigation of the matter by its Justice Center for Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center) was seriously deficient.  Despite overwhelming evidence of neglect, the Justice Center inexplicably failed to find that M.H. was neglected and completely failed to remedy the systemic problems that caused the neglect.

Read, DRNY's Investigative Report: The Death of M.H.


Preliminary Report: Neglect at Ferncliff Manor

DRNY released a Preliminary Report on June 23, 2015 following an investigation into allegations of neglect at a New York residential school for students with disabilities -The School for Adaptive and Integrated Learning (S.A.I.L.) at Ferncliff Manor. DRNY concluded that students at Ferncliff Manor have been and continue to be neglected. DRNY's investigation is ongoing, but due to the serious nature of the findings, DRNY issued a Preliminary Report to notify Ferncliff Manor of the problematic policies, procedures and conduct that impact the safety and well-being of students with disabilities.

Read, Preliminary Report: Neglect at Ferncliff Manor


DRNY Reports of Services in New York's Congressional Districts

These Reports provide an overview of the services that DRNY has provided to individuals with disabilities living in New York by Congressional District, pursuant to the Protection and Advocacy System and the Client Assistance Program.  It also provides a breakdown of the clients DRNY has served, the work DRNY has performed, and examples of DRNY's ongoing outreach efforts.


Read more,  1st Congressional District Services Report

Read more,  17th Congressional District Services Report

Read more,  20th Congressional District Services Report

Read more,  27th Congressional District Services Report

Reports

Publications


Special Education In Plain Language Guide-updated 2014


This publication provides information to parents, advocates, and school districts about the laws and regulations that define special education programs and services. Our hope is that through this publication parents, families and school districts will collaborate together in order to help students with disabilities meet their full potential. This document was created through the Special Education Task Force and is a reflection of the collaboration that is possible when schools and advocates, administrators and families work together to meet our obligation to students with disabilities. For more information about the Special Education Task Force go to
www.nyspecialedtaskforce.org.


For an English Version, read Special Education in Plain Language

For a Spanish Version, read Educacion Especial En Lenguaje Sencillo



Bullying & Students with Disabilities Guide-2014


This publication provides information to parents, advocates, and school districts about the laws, regulations, and policies of bullying and harassment in schools. Our hope is that through the use of this publication, parents, families, and school districts will collaborate in order to help students impacted by bullying and harassment.


Read, Bullying & Students with Disabilities


Protection & Advocacy for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Read, DRNY's Program Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2015



Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness


Read, DRNY's Program Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2015



Protection & Advocacy for Individual Rights


Read, DRNY's Program Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2015



Protection & Advocacy for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury


Read, DRNY's Program Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2015



Protection & Advocacy for Voter Access


Read, DRNY's Program Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2015



Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security


Read, DRNY's Program Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2015



Client Assistance Program


Read, DRNY's Program Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2015

​This collection of Fact Sheets provides information to people regarding services that may not be available from DRNY, but gives you non-legal advice on how you can best help yourself.  Click on the links below for a PDF copy of each Fact Sheet.

ACCES-VR - BASICS

ACCES-VR - WORKING WITH YOUR COUNSELOR

ADA PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS - TITLE III

ASSISTANCE ANIMALS IN HOUSING

BECOMING YOUR OWN REP PAYEE

CLINICAL RECORDS ACCESS

COMPLAINTS ABOUT ATTORNEYS

COMPLAINTS ABOUT HOSPITALS

COMPLAINTS ABOUT MEDICAL PROVIDERS

COMPLAINTS ABOUT NURSING HOMES & HOME CARE

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

EMPLOYER SPONSORED SHORT-TERM & LONG-TERM DISABILITY

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION - FILING CLAIMS

EMPLOYMENT - REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

EMPLOYMENT - TERMINATION

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST FEDERAL EMPLOYEES & APPLICANTS

HOUSING RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

MEDICARE & MEDICAID INTRODUCTION

MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE - PART D

MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAM

PARKING IN NYS

REASONABLE ACCOMODATION REQUESTS - SUPPORT FROM MEDICAL PROVIDERS

SERVICE ANIMALS IN BUSINESSES

SERVICE ANIMALS IN GRADE SCHOOLS

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS IN HEALTH CARE - PATIENTS' RIGHTS

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS IN HEALTH CARE - PROVIDERS' OBLIGATIONS

SOCIAL SECURITY OVERPAYMENT

STUDENT LOAN DISCHARGE DUE TO DISABILITY

​​SNOW REMOVAL - ALBANY

SNOW REMOVAL - BUFFALO

SNOW REMOVAL - NYC

SNOW REMOVAL - SYRACUSE

SNOW REMOVAL - ROCHESTER

SUPPLEMENTAL NEEDS TRUST - POOLED

TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS - NYS

​13 THINGS VOTERS WITH DISABILITY NEED TO KNOW

VOTER CHECKLIST

VOTER RIGHTS

VOTER REGISTRATION FACT SHEET

VOTER REGISTRATION FORM INSTRUCTIONS​

VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT

VOTING MACHINE - AUTOMARK

​​VOTING MACHINE - IMAGECAST

WORKERS COMPENSATION FOR INJURED EMPLOYEES

YOUTH IN TRANSITION - SSA WORK INCENTIVES FOR YOUTH


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Annual Program Performance REports

DRNY provides disability rights content in a variety of ways: publications, reports, public comment, articles, newsletters, videos, and discussion boards.  The complexity of the content ranges from guides which promote self-advocacy skills, to public reports identifying critical issues that impact our clients, to videos which highlight rights issues.  The substantive scope of the material cuts across a variety of topics, just as the laws affecting people with disabilities are varied and nuanced.

FACT SHEETs

Disclaimer:  This information is intended to give basic information.  Disability Rights New York accepts no liability for the content of these documents or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.