Saturday, August 8, 2009

Disability Advocates Applaud Sotomayor Confirmation

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law called Thursday's Senate's confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor a historic milestone for Hispanics, women, and people with disabilities. "Judge Sotomayor's confirmation promises a brighter future for people with disabilities," said Robert Bernstein, Ph.D., executive director of the Bazelon Center. "For years people with disabilities have looked for a champion on the Supreme Court, someone who understands the importance of disability rights laws to the people they were intended to protect. We think Judge Sotomayor may be that champion."

Jennifer Mathis, deputy legal director at the Bazelon Center, added: "Never before have we had a justice with so much experience interpreting laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Judge Sotomayor's careful, thorough approach to deciding disability rights cases demonstrates her respect for Congress's intent that these laws provide strong protections for people with disabilities."
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