Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm en Al Condeluci: A CLASS Act http://wesa.fm/post/al-condeluci-class-act <p>For many people, college is their first taste of independent living.</p><p>For more than 40 years, Al Condeluci, CEO and executive director of <a href="http://www.classcommunity.org/">CLASS</a>, the organization once known as <a href="http://ucp.org">United Cerebral Palsy</a> (UCP), has made it his mission, to see that people with disabilities enjoy the freedom of living on their own.</p><p>This year he's being honored by the UCP as a community hero for all of his work. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:35:19 +0000 Nick Frost 18172 at http://wesa.fm Al Condeluci: A CLASS Act Transitioning to a New Generation of Playgrounds http://wesa.fm/post/transitioning-new-generation-playgrounds <p>Narrow slides and flimsy swings are what most people think of when they hear the word playground. But based on a 2010 court ruling, those trademarks of the past are changing. The US Department of Justice made access to play areas a civil right under the Americans with Disabilities Act and new standards took effect last year.</p><p>Public Source Reporter <a href="http://publicsource.org/author/halle-stockton">Halle Stockton</a> reports that the playgrounds that are required to make these changes are new or majorly reformed playgrounds that began modifications after March 15.</p><p>But many playgrounds have already altered their equipment to fit the needs of all children. Some of these changes include a smooth ground surface that's usually rubberized to prevent injuries. You'll also find play structures with ramps along with wide pathways so that children on wheelchairs or a cane can maneuver throughout. The swings also have “rollercoaster seats” to provide back support for children with low muscle tone. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:45:58 +0000 Nick Frost 18111 at http://wesa.fm Transitioning to a New Generation of Playgrounds Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of PA Prisoners with Serious Mental Illness http://wesa.fm/post/lawsuit-filed-behalf-pa-prisoners-serious-mental-illness <div class="field-item even"><p>The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Corrections on behalf of prisoners with serious mental illness alleging prisoners were not given adequate treatment in solitary&nbsp;confinement.</p><p>The lawsuit alleges the Department of Corrections violates the Eighth Amendment rights of prisoners with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder by isolating them in solitary confinement and not offering them sufficient or proper&nbsp;treatment.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:47:30 +0000 Erika Beras & Erik 2864 at http://wesa.fm