intellectual disability

SCOTUS Tightens Rules on Intellectual Disability, Death Penalty

The Supreme Court rules that the state of Texas cannot rely on a dated definition of intellectual disability in deciding who receives the death penalty. In the opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote, “Adjudications of intellectual disability should be ‘informed by the views of medical experts.” Read more

Bias in Transplants for People with Intellectual Disabilities

People with intellectual disabilities are fighting bias at U.S. organ transplant programs, The Washington Post reports. Now, advocates are fighting for federal and state laws to clarify that this bias should not be allowed when considering a patient’s transplant eligibility.  Read more

After New York Times Investigation, Bias Suit Filed on Behalf of Disabled Workers

After a story from Dan Barry, a recipient of the Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability, a bias suit has been filed on behalf of a group of disabled men found working in seedy conditions at a South Carolina meat plant. Read more

Dan Barry: “Giving a Name, and Dignity, to a Disability”

Dan Barry, the winner of 2013’s Katherine Schneider Award Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability, writes about evolving disability terminology in The New York Times. In the piece, Barry examines the use of words like “retard” and “imbecile” when describing intellectual disability, including how those words originally entered popular culture. Read more