Disability Rights

Despite evidence the Americans With Disabilities Act works, people with disabilities are still, too often, treated as second class, shunned and segregated by physical barriers and social stereotypes. They are discriminated against in employment, schools, and housing, robbed of their personal autonomy, sometimes even hidden away and forgotten by the larger society. Ensuring equal access for those with disabilities is a core guiding principle of the ACLU of Michigan

Seven-Year-Old Handcuffed at School

Seven-Year-Old Handcuffed at School

2016-03-04 00:00:00

In October 2015 a “school resource officer” working in Flint handcuffed a seven-year-old student with ADHD when the student did not immediately respond to the officer’s instruction.  The student was not a threat to himself or others and was handcuffed for nearly an hour solely on account of his disability-related behavior.  In March 2016 the ACLU wrote a letter on behalf of the family seeking wholesale policy changes to ensure that no more children are handcuffed at school.  We are continuing to work with Flint in an attempt to resolve the matter. 

Attempted Expulsion of Ten-Year-Old

Attempted Expulsion of Ten-Year-Old

2016-08-15 00:00:00

After a ten-year-old Detroit Public Schools student with special needs was accused of throwing toilet paper, she was dragged to the principal’s office and placed in handcuffs by a police officer.  The girl panicked, and as she struggled she allegedly kicked the officer.  The child was accused of assaulting school personnel and designated for expulsion on those grounds as the 2016 school year was drawing to a close.  Counsel from the ACLU of Michigan attended the expulsion hearing in August 2016 and urged that she not be expelled, as such a severe punishment would prevent the enrollment of t

Ehlena and Wonder’s Supreme Court Case: The Right and Wrong Way to Treat Students with Disabilities

Ehlena and Wonder’s Supreme Court Case: The Right and Wrong Way to Treat Students with Disabilities

2016-10-26 00:00:00

The story behind the disability rights case being argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on Halloween is a story about the contrast between kindness and cruelty, a story about the right way and the wrong way to treat kids with disabilities.

ACLU of Michigan to Announce Lawsuit on Behalf of Flint Families

ACLU of Michigan to Announce Lawsuit on Behalf of Flint Families

2016-10-14 00:00:00

FLINT, MICH. – The ACLU of Michigan, joined by community leaders, will announce a class-action lawsuit on behalf of families from Flint, Mich. on Tuesday, October 18.

Who: Rev. Juanita Crump, education chair, Concerned Pastors for Social Action
Kary Moss, Executive Director
, ACLU of Michigan
Jeree Brown, Flint parent
Angy Keelin, Flint parent

What:   Announcement of Lawsuit on Behalf of Flint Families

Where: Saints of God Church, 2200 Forest Hill Ave, Flint, Michigan

SCOTUS Grants Review of ACLU Disability Rights Case on Behalf Of Michigan Student

SCOTUS Grants Review of ACLU Disability Rights Case on Behalf Of Michigan Student

2016-06-27 00:00:00

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will hear the case of Ehlena Fry, a 12-year-old Jackson, Mich., girl with cerebral palsy who, at age 5, was banned from bringing her service dog to class. At the heart of the appeal is whether students in certain circumstances can bring claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act without first exhausting administrative processes under a separate law.

Lawsuit for Special Education Records

Lawsuit for Special Education Records

2016-08-09 00:00:00

Ever since the State of Michigan created the controversial Education Achievement Authority (EAA) to take over failing schools in Detroit, there have been complaints that students with disabilities are not receiving adequate special education services.  The EAA outsourced special education services to a for-profit company called Futures Education of Michigan, paying the company millions of taxpayer dollars to serve our most vulnerable children.  Details regarding this private company’s actual services, however, have remained elusive. 

ACLU to Supreme Court: Fulfill the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

ACLU to Supreme Court: Fulfill the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

2015-10-14 00:00:00

Update: The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear Ehlena Fry's case.

Twenty-five years ago, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law designed to guarantee Americans with disabilities broad rights and freedoms. Tragically, however, stubborn stereotypes, combined with narrow court rulings, have robbed many Americans of the rights promised by the ADA.

ACLU, ACLU of Michigan Petition U.S. Supreme Court on Behalf of Girl with Cerebral Palsy Who Was Prevented from Bringing Service Dog to Class

ACLU, ACLU of Michigan Petition U.S. Supreme Court on Behalf of Girl with Cerebral Palsy Who Was Prevented from Bringing Service Dog to Class

2015-10-15 00:00:00

WASHINGTON, DC—The ACLU of Michigan and the National ACLU today petitioned the US Supreme Court to rule on whether the group can move ahead with a lawsuit filed on behalf of an 11-year-old Jackson, Mich., girl with cerebral palsy who, at age 5, was banned from bringing her service dog to class.

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September 02, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the ACLU’s appeal on behalf of Ehlena Fry, a young girl with cerebral palsy who was barred from bringing her service...
August 15, 2016
After a ten-year-old Detroit Public Schools student with special needs was accused of throwing toilet paper, she was dragged to the principal’s office and...
August 09, 2016
Ever since the State of Michigan created the controversial Education Achievement Authority (EAA) to take over failing schools in Detroit, there have been...
March 31, 2016
In 2014 the ACLU of Michigan began to receive extremely disturbing reports of mentally ill inmates being mistreated at Huron Valley Correctional Facility, the...
March 04, 2016
In October 2015 a “school resource officer” working in Flint handcuffed a seven-year-old student with ADHD when the student did not immediately respond to the...
WASHINGTON, DC—The ACLU of Michigan and the National ACLU today petitioned the US Supreme Court to rule on whether the group can move ahead with a lawsuit...
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February 03, 2017
FLINT, MICH. – The ACLU of Michigan, joined by community leaders, will announce a class-action lawsuit on behalf of families from Flint, Mich. on Tuesday,...
September 02, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the ACLU’s appeal on behalf of Ehlena Fry, a young girl with cerebral palsy who was barred from bringing her service...
WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will hear the case of Ehlena Fry, a 12-year-old Jackson, Mich., girl with cerebral palsy who, at...
WASHINGTON, DC—The ACLU of Michigan and the National ACLU today petitioned the US Supreme Court to rule on whether the group can move ahead with a lawsuit...
Update: The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear Ehlena Fry's case. Twenty-five years ago, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with...
May 07, 2015 Criminal Justice
Continuing a series of programs centered on special-education students in public schools, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan will sponsor a panel...
May 05, 2015 Education
Concerned over a lack of transparency from the state-run Education Achievement Authority, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced this week...
March 12, 2015 #TBT
People with disabilities are too often treated as second class, shunned and segregated by physical barriers and social stereotypes. They are discriminated...
December 17, 2012 Discrimination
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of an eight-year-old student with cerebral palsy who was barred from...
February 16, 2012
An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked a federal judge today to strike down a state law that criminalizes peaceful panhandling in...
April 27, 2011 Work Place Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union today urged a federal appeals court to reinstate its lawsuit against Wal-Mart and the manager of its Battle Creek store for...
April 27, 2011 Medical Marijuana
The American Civil Liberties Union today said it will appeal a decision by a federal judge to dismiss an ACLU lawsuit filed in June against Wal-Mart and the...
April 01, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked the state’s highest court yesterday to review the case of a registered medical marijuana patient who is...
March 17, 2011
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority must adopt written guidelines for landlords and local public housing agencies to address the evictions of...
December 16, 2010
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it will represent a registered patient who is challenging the City of Wyoming’s ordinance...
December 01, 2010
In an effort to defend the rights of medical marijuana patients and caregivers throughout the state, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sued the...
November 12, 2010 Drug Policy
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union told a federal judge today that the lawsuit against Wal-Mart for wrongfully firing an...
July 29, 2010
Detroit – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham officials to uphold the rights of medical...
June 29, 2010 Medical Marijuana
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan in partnership with the law firm of Daniel W. Grow, PLLC, filed a lawsuit today...
March 10, 2010
Grand Rapids, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan denounced the passage of a Grand Rapids city ordinance today for violating the rights...
February 16, 2010 Safe & Free
Detroit – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Royal Oak Police Department and City Attorney to abide by the law and end...
January 21, 2010 Student Rights
NAPOLEON, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Napoleon Community Schools today to respect the rights of a 5-year-old student with...
December 22, 2009
Elk Rapids, Mich. – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan came to the aid of a terminally ill woman who is being evicted from her...
March 21, 2005
Detroit – An agreement was reached today and a terminally-ill Ann Arbor woman who was being forced to move from her apartment, after the complex refused to...
March 09, 2005 housing
ANN ARBOR – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan (FHC-SE) and the Clinical Law Program of the...
March 27, 2003
Detroit – The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Mackinac Island violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by refusing to grant a resident...
June 20, 2002
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit today against the City of Mackinac Island for refusing to grant a resident with a Multiple...
June 07, 2002
In a letter sent today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan charged Mackinac Island officials with violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by...
Napoleon, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded the Napoleon Community Schools decision to permit a doctor-prescribed service dog to...