Hearing Alert: Prohibiting Discrimination Against Adults With Disabilities In Family And Juvenile Court To Be Heard On July 23

Attention advocates: please take action on our priority bill – Preventing Discrimination against Parents with Disabilities!

The Joint Committee on Judiciary is holding a hearing on Tuesday July 23, at the State House in Room A1/A2 at 1:00PM.  The Arc’s priority legislation S983 H1487, “An Act prohibiting discrimination against adults with disabilities in family and juvenile court proceedings,” will be heard.

Hearing Alert:
An act prohibiting discrimination against adults with disabilities
in family and juvenile court proceedings (
S983/H1487)
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 1:00PM

Room A1/A2, Massachusetts State House

This bill, filed by Senator Joan Lovely and Representative Kay Khan, will require courts to determine if a parent’s disability causes actual harm to their child by requiring written findings to support that causal relationship. This bill will also require courts to determine if any potential harm can be alleviated with adaptive equipment, supportive services, and reasonable modifications for the parent.

Capable parents with disabilities shouldn’t be denied the right to raise their children or be denied parenting time based on their disability alone.  This is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Studies show removal rates from 40% to 80% for parents with an intellectual disability.

To learn more, contact Maura at sullivan@arcmass.org. Send your written testimony, come to the hearing, and contact your legislators about S983/H1487 and the importance of this topic.

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