Constituent Topic: Disability Rights

Trapped in Nursing Homes, People with Disabilities File Class Action Lawsuit Charging Violation of Constitutional Rights

Four people with disabilities filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against the New York State Department of Health (DOH), DOH Commissioner Howard Zucker, and Visiting Nurse Association Health Care, Inc. to challenge the illegal administration of a program that was designed, but failed, to facilitate the plaintiffs’ transition from nursing homes to their [...]

People with Disabilities Fight Back Against Unfair Access-A-Ride Policies

Five people with disabilities filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against New York City Transit (NYCT) for the unconstitutional policies of Access-A-Ride, the City’s paratransit service for people with disabilities. MFY Legal Services, Inc. and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, who are representing the plaintiffs, found that NYCT fails to tell applicants and [...]

MFY-Bellevue Medical-Legal Partnership Featured on NBC News

On June 24, 2014, NBC News at 7 highlighted the new medical-legal partnership between MFY and Bellevue Hospital Center’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department designed to help families resolve health-harming legal problems and aid the recovery of children and youth with mental illness.

Advocating Emotional Support Animals in No-Pets Housing

MFY Attorney Dinah Luck shows the importance of emotional support animals in promoting the wellbeing of people with mental illness and outlines how advocates can successfully advocate for clients who live in no-pets housing in an article in the May-June issue of Clearinghouse Review.

Lawsuit Filed to Save the Homes of 120 Brooklyn Seniors

MFY Legal Services, The Legal Aid Society, and the law firm of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto represent seven elderly residents of the Prospect Park Residence who filed a lawsuit today seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order to prevent the closure of this assisted living residence.Lawsuit Filed to Save the Homes of 120 [...]

MFY Article: Pillsbury Winthrop and MFY Hold Legal Clinics to Assist Aged and Disabled New Yorkers in Obtaining Access-a-Ride Services

The latest edition of New York City Voices features the pro bono project that MFY Legal Services has launched with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP to help seniors and people with disabilities obtain and maintain eligibility for Access-A-Ride Services (AAR).  AAR is an accessible transportation system operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority for people who [...]

WWRL Interviews MFY on Nursing Home Evacuees

WWRL, a progressive New York City radio station, interviewed MFY’s Disability and Aging Rights Project Senior Staff Attorney Shelly Weizman on “The Mark Riley Morning Show,” on December 27, 2012, about nursing home residents who have been displaced due to Hurricane Sandy. Click here to listen to the interview.

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