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Empower People With Disabilities
A national legal advocacy center for people with disabilities
CPR uses legal strategies, advocacy, and policy to promote the integration and full community participation of people with disabilities and all others who are devalued in today’s society.
Expanding and protecting the rights of people with disabilities.
Stay current on disability issues, educate yourself about the impact of proposed policy changes, and learn how to take action.
Representing individuals in western Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties) who have been denied Social Security disability benefits.
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November 14, 2019
On November 15, CPR’s Director of Advocacy, Alison Barkoff, will present testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) for the Commission’s public briefing, “Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities.” USCCR is also accepting public comments until December 15 that, along with the briefing, will help shape a forthcoming report analyzing the use of the 14(c) program and making recommendations.
November 4, 2019
CPR and its co-counsel have reached a settlement with the State of Ohio in Ball v. DeWine, an ADA/Olmstead case filed in 2016 on behalf of thousands of people with intellectual disabilities who were unnecessarily segregated in large, congregate Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs).
October 23, 2019
Over 20 member organizations of the Coalition for Smart Safety, including CPR, have released a letter addressing concerns with the RESPONSE Act, which was introduced today by Sen. Cornyn. While we support efforts to reduce mass violence, the coalition opposes any legislation that ties those efforts to mental health reform. Doing so will only serve to "fuel prejudice, fear, and marginalization of individuals with mental health disabilities."
October 11, 2019
The Center for Public Representation celebrates the nationwide preliminary injunctions issued today by federal courts in New York and Washington state, preventing the Administration from implementing its cruel and discriminatory public charge rule and finding the rule could discriminate against people with disabilities. These decisions are a clear victory for disabled immigrants and their families.
September 19, 2019
The right to bring a claim in a public court of law is essential to maintaining transparency about what occurs in nursing facilities.
September 18, 2019
CPR assisted on two amicus briefs filed on behalf of former members of Congress and by numerous disability rights organizations that discussed the importance of federal enforcement of the ADA.
August 18, 2019
In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump has called for building new institutions to involuntarily commit people with mental health disabilities and has suggested that mental illness is the primary cause of gun violence. CPR condemns these blatantly untrue and stigmatizing statements.
July 9, 2019
After months of work and support from our participants and partners, we are excited to announce that CPR's re-designed Supported Decision-Making Website is live. We hope the site will help you learn about SDM, understand how SDM transforms lives, and inspire you to become a participant, supporter, or advocate.