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President Obama recently nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court much to the delight of some groups, while to the chagrin of others. Disability advocates are encouraged by the nomination saying that the current appeals court judge’s rulings show an understanding of disability and the rights of people who have disabilities.

“Based on our preliminary analysis of Judge Sotomayor’s extensive record on the bench, we are encouraged that she may be the champion we have been looking for,” said Andrew J. Imparato, president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities. “Her jurisprudence in the disability area shows that she has a good understanding of the real life implications of her decisions and sees the important connections between disability rights laws and other civil rights laws.” Read article here.

As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sotomayor considered cases related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as the Social Security and Medicaid programs, according to an analysis of her rulings from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

Let’s hope that if confirmed, Judge Sotomayor will fight for the rights of disabled Americans.

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