In the News - 2009 Archives


Social Security Administration to Pay SSI and Social Security recipients and applicants $500 Million under Settlement

September 4, 2009

U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilkens on August 11 tentatively approved a settlement that ends SSA’s policy of denying or suspending benefits based on an arrest warrant alone.  As of April 1, 2009, no one applying for benefits will be denied benefits because of a felony warrant unless the applicant is in fact “fleeing.” 

SSA will pay $500 million in back benefits withheld from 80,000 people since January 1, 2007. Those whose benefits were denied or suspended between 2000 and 2006 and who are not receiving benefits will be notified so that they can re-establish eligibility. 

For more information about the settlement and the changes in Social Security’s policies, go here: and here:  

Read the Notice to Class Members about the settlement and about the Fairness Hearing on September 24 before Judge Wilkins here.

The State's failure to pay is shortchanging Alaska's special needs students.

 May 28, 2009

ALASKA - Lakeview NeuroRehab Center in Wisconsin has filed a federal lawsuit to recover over one million dollars owed by the State of Alaska and Alaska school districts for educational services provided to Alaska’s children.

Click here to download a PDF of this press release. 

Judge rules Anchorage must continue busing deaf student. 

February 19, 2009

PALMER — A judge in Palmer said the Anchorage School District must continue its bus service for a deaf middle-schooler from Big Lake in a case that highlights the complications of special needs education.

Click here to download a PDF of the full 3 page story from the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

Palmer judge has ruled in favor of a deaf student from the Valley in transportation case.

February 16, 2009

WASILLA -- In a potentially precedent-setting decision, a Palmer judge has ruled that a deaf student from the Valley deserves a free bus ride to school in Anchorage. 

Click here to download a PDF of the full 3 page story from the Anchorage Daily News.

School is Not Supposed to Hurt 

January 13, 2009

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) Releases Shocking Report on Seclusion and Restraint in U.S. Schools.

WASHINGTON -- At a media briefing on Jan. 13, 2009 on Capitol Hill, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) unveiled a disturbing national report on seclusion and restraint in U.S. schools and call on the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress to introduce a national ban on seclusion and prone restraint practices in schools nationwide.

The report is a compilation of cases outlined by NDRN’s 57-member network of protection and advocacy (P&As) systems nationwide. The report details deaths and physical and emotional injuries inflicted on students ranging from kindergarten to high school from schools across the country. It also outlines inconsistent state laws, lack of training for teachers and virtually no government oversight or investigation of the issue. Speakers attending the media briefing include U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker, and families of loved ones who were physically restrained or placed in seclusion while attending schools.

Click here to download a PDF of the full 58 page report.