December 16, 2014
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Nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability, and two-thirds of those said they had difficulty in walking or climbing, according to a new report from the Census Bureau, Older Americans with a Disability: 2008-2012.
This article discusses the revised definition of disability under the ADA Amendments Act and how it may affect employment cases.
This article discusses various laws, including the ADA, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and state laws, which employers need to keep in mind when dealing with workers who need time off due to illnesses or injuries.
This article explores the tension between the ADA’s prohibitions against employers conducting inappropriate medical exams and employer sponsored “wellness programs” that impose stiff financial penalties on workers who don’t participate. To avoid conflict with the ADA, participation in wellness programs needs to be voluntary, but it hasn’t been clear how much of an incentive to participate, or penalty for not participating, renders a wellness program involuntary.
This article discusses the tension between federal law, which still prohibits the use of marijuana, and the variety of state and local laws which allow it for medical and/or recreational purposes.
The ADA may come into play for employers who have workers with disabilities who use marijuana legally under state or local law.
This article reports on a study of workers with disabilities who shared their opinions and experiences related to disclosing their disabilities to their employers.
A blog post from the chief of staff of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) highlights Getting to Work, a curriculum for HIV/AIDS service providers.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) reports that hiring of people with disabilities in the federal government is on the rise. In Fiscal Year 2013, the federal government hired people with disabilities at the highest rate in 33 years.
This article discusses the recent settlement agreement reached by the Department of Justice and Peapod, LLC, the online grocery-delivery business. The settlement requires the company to improve the accessibility of its website and mobile applications.
The U.S. Access Board funded a study on how the roughness of pathway surfaces impacts wheelchair travel. This recently completed research, which was conducted by the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh, assessed the impacts of bumpy and uneven surfaces on people who use wheelchairs, including power chairs.
Based on the test results, researchers recommend sidewalk roughness index thresholds for short and long distances (1.20 inch per foot for distances up to 10 feet and 0.60 inch per foot for distances above 100 feet). They also offer recommendations for a method and protocol to measure surface roughness, including the design of a measurement device.
This article explores the ongoing debate about institutional and community-based housing options in Delaware.
The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc., a nationwide staffing service for nurses and other health care professionals, will pay $75,000 and furnish other relief to resolve a lawsuit filed earlier this year.
According to the lawsuit, Maxim Healthcare Services in Pittsburgh refused to hire a candidate for an assignment because that individual was HIV-positive. The position involved sitting with patients at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facility.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) entered a settlement agreement with DC Trails, Inc., a company that provides tours and charter bus service in the Washington, DC metro area. The company will improve the availability of wheelchair lift-equipped buses.
The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary Education (QIAT-PS) project is seeking young adults who are currently using, or have recently used, assistive technology (AT) in post-secondary educational settings. A brief survey is designed to gather input on experiences in order to update and expand resources.
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities is enrolling individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) who identify as African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American to participate in a survey on living with SCI. Participants, who will be compensated for their time, will fill out three pen-and-paper surveys over the next five years.
Engaging Policymakers is a new self-paced course from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC). The course is designed to help rehabilitation researchers learn how to engage policymakers through effective communication channels and partnerships.
December: Disability around the World
This month, with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, we focus on disability around the world. Find more resources on international disability issues and read an interview with Dr. Richard G. Luecking, President of TransCen, Inc. (our parent organization), who is active in efforts to promote opportunities for people with disabilities across the globe.
Check out Equal Access, Equal Opportunity for great articles on the ADA – past, present, and future – information on anniversary celebrations and events, messages from well-wishers such as President George H.W. Bush, and much, much more!
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!