January 27, 2015
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This article outlines five issues that businesses should be aware of in light of recent Department of Justice enforcement and rulemaking activity, including the more “nuanced” areas of website accessibility, accessible point-of-service devices and other touchscreen technology, captioning and audio-description at movie theaters, and the availability of sign language interpreters at health care facilities.
The Rocky Mountain ADA Center has updated their “Barrier Free Employment” poster; it’s available for viewing or download on our website.
This new document from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) discusses issues that can affect how employers and employees with disabilities manage time off as a reasonable accommodation.
This article discusses issues and strategies for workers who have conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, or HIV.
This article outlines the protections extended to people who have relationships or associations with individuals with disabilities.
This article offers advice for employers in areas where marijuana is legal for medical and/or recreational use.
Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: An In-Depth Look inside an Exemplary American Corporation
Many companies are looking for ways to maintain the health and productivity of their skilled workers, and accommodate those with disabilities, illnesses and injuries so that they can successfully remain in their jobs.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD) studied best practices at a large, successful U.S. corporation to learn about effective retention and return-to-work policies and practices. The report highlights best practices and strategies at the individual, workplace, and systems levels that benefit both employers and employees.
This month’s issue of the Disability Connection Newsletter provides advice and resources for getting a job at a federal agency.
The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has three new videos on its YouTube channel, highlighting the success of its Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). The WRP connects employers with students or recent graduates with disabilities. The new videos showcase experiences at the Pentagon, the FDIC, and SSB BART Group.
A combat veteran and current professor of public policy thinks there should be more focus on incentives for wounded veterans to return to work or create businesses.
Family Leisure, a guide from the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, offers tips on how to choose, plan, and participate in leisure and recreational activities ranging from indoor games to outdoor sports. Even routine chores like meal planning, preparation, and clean-up can be opportunities for storytelling, dancing, passing on traditions, or trying new things that strengthen connections with loved ones.
This thoughtful and thought-provoking decision from a federal district judge will allow an ADA case to proceed. The case of Walton v Spherion arose in New Jersey when an employer fired an employee a few weeks after he gave his supervisor a note that read “Please Help Call [telephone number provided] Mom [telephone number provided] Dad The police I’m scared and angry. I don’t know why but I wanna kill someone/anyone. Please have security accompany you if you want to talk to me. Make sure, please. I’m unstable. I’m sorry Taj.”
The employer argued that the employee’s threat of violence eliminated any protection afforded to him based on his disability, but the judge noted the “threat” included a clear intention to seek help and protect those around him.
The Department of Justice and the National Museum on Crime and Punishment, located in Washington, DC, entered a settlement agreement that will result in improved access to facilities, exhibits, and programs. The agreement addresses structural access issues, as well as effective communications (including the museum’s website), and staff training.
Trainings, Events, and Participation Opportunities
ADA in Focus Webinar Series
- February 4, 2015: Understanding the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Signage
ADA National Network Online Learning
- February 5, 2015: Accessible Play Areas, Advanced Session Accessibility Online Series
The Community Toolbox, part of the Work Group for Community Health and Development, is sponsoring a competition to honor innovative and promising approaches to promoting community health. The competition is open to groups actively engaged in improving community health, education, urban or rural development, poverty, the environment, or social justice. Applications must be submitted by April 30th.
Enter your photos of people with disabilities working, playing, and participating; send us your snapshots of accessible products and facilities!
We are sponsoring the contest to celebrate 25 years of the ADA! Our contest is organized in five categories, just like the five titles of the ADA (employment, state and local government programs, public accommodations, telecommunications, and miscellaneous).
Prizes will be awarded for 1st place ($50.00 Visa gift card), 2nd place ($25.00 Visa gift card), and 3rd place (an ADA 25th anniversary tee shirt) in each of the five categories.
It’s easy! Upload your digital photos and enter on our “ADA in Action” Photo Contest page!
We Want to Hear from You for “ADA25”!
Next summer, July 26 will mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act! There will be ceremonies and celebrations, and we can’t wait to get started!
We are asking you to share your memories, experiences, and perspectives on the ADA.
What has the ADA meant to you? Did you work for the passage of the ADA? What positive experiences have you had implementing the ADA in your workplace, school, or community? How do you plan to celebrate?
So share a sentence or a story, a snippet or a sonnet! We would like to post a few selections on our ADA Anniversary webpage and feature them in our materials as we mark this momentous milestone!
Send your contributions to Celebrate ADA; we will select several contributions to be posted.
Remember to pledge your support for the ADA as we prepare for the 25th anniversary of the signing of one of the world’s most historic civil rights laws. Celebrate progress and commit to the principles of the ADA!