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

School Must Allow Service Dog to Accompany Kindergartner with Cerebral Palsy, ACLU Tells District

School Must Allow Service Dog to Accompany Kindergartner with Cerebral Palsy, ACLU Tells District

2010-01-21 00:00:00

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 cerebral palsy who was barred from bringing her doctor-prescribed service dog to school. In its letter, the ACLU warned that the district’s actions violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Terminally Ill Medical Marijuana Patient Should Not Be Evicted, ACLU Tells Property Management Company

Terminally Ill Medical Marijuana Patient Should Not Be Evicted, ACLU Tells Property Management Company

2009-12-22 00:00:00

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 apartment for legally using medical marijuana to treat the painful symptoms of her advanced brain cancer. The ACLU wrote the letter on behalf of Lori Montroy, 49, a resident of Elk Rapids who is facing eviction by the Gardner Group of Michigan, the company that manages her apartment complex.

Legal Groups Successful Terminally-Ill Woman Will Remain in Her Home

Legal Groups Successful Terminally-Ill Woman Will Remain in Her Home

2005-03-21 00:00:00

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 accept her public rent assistance, will be staying in her home after all. The announcement came after a meeting between the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan and the Clinical Law Program of the University of Michigan Law School and the Cooperative apartments where she lives.

Legal Groups Come to the Aid of Terminally-Ill Woman Facing Eviction

Legal Groups Come to the Aid of Terminally-Ill Woman Facing Eviction

2005-03-09 00:00:00

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 University of Michigan Law School have come to the aid of a terminally ill Ann Arbor woman who is being forced to move from her apartment after the complex rejected her only means of paying the rent – public assistance. 

Court of Appeals Backs Disability Rights

Court of Appeals Backs Disability Rights

2003-03-27 00:00:00

Detroit – The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Mackinac Island violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by refusing to grant a resident with multiple sclerosis his request to use an electric-assisted tricycle, the ACLU of Michigan announced today.

"The decision is a victory for both people with disabilities and the City of Mackinac Island,” said Michael J. Steinberg, legal director of the ACLU of Michigan.  “The Court essentially stated that the City can easily accommodate bicycle riders with disabilities without destroying the charm of the island.”

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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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WASHINGTON—In a sweeping victory for students with disabilities nationwide, the US Supreme Court ruled today that a Michigan girl with cerebral palsy may sue...
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 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 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 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...