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October 21, 2020
CPR has joined with a broad coalition of advocates and medical professionals to submit public comments on the most recent revisions to the Massachusetts Crisis Standards of Care (CSC).
October 13, 2020
The expedited nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is one that has prompted much concern in the disability community. As with any other judicial nominee, we must consider Judge Barrett’s record and hers raises significant concerns for issues important to the disability community, including healthcare and disability rights, in cases that she would be hearing if confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. We urge everyone to please contact your Senators. Now’s the time to make our voices heard!
October 5, 2020
Today, CPR joined more than 50 other national, state, and local disability advocacy organizations in a letter sent to Senate leadership and Senate Judiciary committee leadership in opposition to the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill the seat left open by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Judge Barrett’s record raises significant concerns for the disability community, yet despite her concerning record, her nomination has been extraordinarily rushed. A nomination that, if confirmed, would result in a lifetime appointment, should be considered carefully and given appropriate scrutiny.
September 20, 2020
The Center for Public Representation mourns the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on September 18 at the age of 87. Throughout her life, Justice Ginsburg was a champion for justice and equality for all, including people with disabilities. Her work has and will continue to better the lives of people with disabilities around the country for years to come.
September 17, 2020
Today, the US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) released its report regarding Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows people with disabilities to be paid subminimum wages, often pennies on the dollar, in segregated settings where they don’t interact with their nondisabled peers. We commend the Commission for its recommendation to end the use of Section 14(c) and expand access to competitive integrated employment – jobs in the community where people with disabilities work alongside, are paid the same wages, and have the same opportunities as their co-workers without disabilities.