Disability Rights

There have been great advances for people with disabilities as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, but people with disabilities still face discrimination in employment, education, and housing. The ACLU of Maryland has defended the rights of blind individuals to ride public transportation and vote independently, the right of individuals suffering addiction to medical treatment in their communities, and the right of individuals with limited mobility to access government offices and court buildings. 

Recent Activity

School police being used as auxiliary Baltimore police officers?

News article, August 15, 2016

Statement from Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline

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Department of Justice findings regarding the Baltimore City Police Department

News article, August 10, 2016

Total lack of supervision and accountability has allowed abuses to flourish unchecked

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Citing Governor's Claim of "Declining Revenues," Groups Ask for Transfer of Public Funding from Private to Public Schools

News article, August 5, 2016

Call on Gov to withhold $5 million set aside for private school vouchers as part of FY2017 budget

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ACLU Sues To Ensure Consideration of Youth Status in Sentencing and Parole

News article, April 6, 2016

Maryland must meet constitutional requirement of "a second chance" for rehabilitated juvenile lifers

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Baltimore County signs agreement with HUD to end decades of housing discrimination

News article, March 15, 2016

A turning of the page from a long history of segregation and exclusion

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ACLU Comment on Closure of Decaying and Dangerous Jail Building in Baltimore

News article, July 30, 2015

Maryland must provide safe housing and adequate health care to detainees

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AG letter of advice re Student Assistance Organization Business Grants

News article, April 8, 2015

Letter addresses $5 million in dedicated funding in Governor's Supplemental Budget #2

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ACLU Opposes Diversion of State Funds to Subsidize Private and Religious Schools

News article, April 2, 2015

Governor Hogan Adds $5 Million in Supplemental Appropriation

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Pregnancy Discrimination Case to be argued before U.S. Supreme Court

News article, December 3, 2014

No woman should have to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy

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Ratner Companies apologizes to stylist Brandon Smith, who was fired by Hair Cuttery after being diagnosed with HIV

News article, October 22, 2014

Agreement reached to resolve HIV discrimination claim against Hair Cuttery

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ACLU Demands Justice for Stylist Fired by Hair Cuttery Over HIV Status

News article, October 9, 2014

Groups asks state licensing agency to clarify regulations

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ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

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Civil Rights Groups to Testify about Mistreatment, Experimentation at Crownsville State Hospital

News article, September 18, 2013

Hearing called by the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland

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Civil Rights Groups Call on State to Investigate, Memorialize African American Patients at Crownsville State Hospital

News article, August 5, 2013

History, Accounting of Patient Mistreatment, Experimentation, and Deaths Long Overdue

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ACLU of Maryland Extends Voter Hotline Hours for Early Voting: 1-888-496-ACLU

News article, October 31, 2012

20,000 Maryland Voter Empowerment Cards Distributed to Groups Across the State

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ACLU Distributing 20,000 Maryland Voter Empowerment Cards to Groups Across the State

News article, October 9, 2012

Voters can report problems on Election Day by calling hotline: 1-888-496-ACLU

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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