Obama signs hate-crimes bill that protects people with disabilities

10/29/2009 | Disability Scoop

President Barack Obama signed into law an expanded version of a statute that extends protection from hate crimes to people with disabilities. According to a recent study, people with disabilities are 50% more likely to be victims of violent crime than people without disabilities. The law, which was also expanded to include protection from offenses based on gender or sexual orientation, is being called the largest expansion of civil rights in the U.S. in decades.

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