But for the family of one local couple who has been mired in a lawsuit with their former disability providers, the ruling came as a reminder that in the end, love has not won for them in the eyes of the law. At least not yet.About five weeks ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dismissed an appeal that had been filed on behalf of Paul and Hava Forziano.
The original lawsuit, which garnered national attention at the time, claimed that because neither of their nonprofit caretakers gave the married couple the facilities to live together, both organizations — Independent Group Home Living and Maryhaven — as well as the commissioner of the New York State Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities discriminated against them under several statutes, including the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. The case was dismissed last March by U.S. Eastern District Court of New York Judge Leonard Wexler.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Mayor de Blasio is declaring July as “Disability Pride Month” and hosting a parade to commemorate the landmark legislation.
|U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin will serve|
as grand marshal of NYC's parade.
Monday, June 29, 2015
With the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACT) adults with autism can continue to receive the quality care and prescription coverage they were receiving. Like it or not, Medicare is what pays for the benefits for those adults with autism. Even conservatives who have children on the spectrum will possibly someday be coordinating their child's healthcare through the very same system that will also cover them as seniors.
GREENWICH, Conn. — Izabela O'Brien had competed in pageants in college and carried her beauty queen dreams into adulthood. But for years that's all they remained. That was until years of friends' affectionate teasing and encouragement led her to a Foxwoods stage in March, where the Greenwich resident was crowned Mrs. Connecticut America. "I saw the faces of all three of my girls and I just knew it was the right time," O'Brien said. "It didn't matter that I was one of the oldest contestants or it was 20 years since I had done my last pageant. I saw their faces and they were more nervous than I was."
Friday, June 26, 2015
TRENTON — The state Senate came within one vote Thursday of overriding Governor Christie’s veto for the first time in his five years, acting on a bill that would suspend a program transferring developmentally disabled adults back to the Garden State.
But rather than let the bill die before summer break, legislators pledged to return Monday with, they hope, the one deciding vote – which may hinge on one Bergen County lawmaker.